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Singers Elton John and Sting paid tribute to Italian designer Gianni Versace in a simple, unaccompanied duet during a memorial service for the murdered fashion king Tuesday.

The two celebrities gave a harmonized rendition of Psalm 23, "The Lord Is My Shepherd," while a star-studded congregation, which included Britain's Princess Diana and Versace's family, took Communion.

John, seated next to the princess, wept heavily before the service started.

Diana kept her head bowed during most of the service.

Supermodel Naomi Campbell arrived for the Mass in Milan's cavernous cathedral close behind Versace's sister, Donatella, and brother, Santo.

Milan's fashion elite also turned out to mark their respect for the 50-year-old stylist, who was shot and killed outside his Miami Beach mansion a week ago.

Police have mounted a nationwide manhunt for Andrew Cunanan, wanted in connection with four other killings.

Versace was cremated in Miami, and his ashes were placed in a temporary tomb in a cemetery on the edge of Lake Como last week.

Designers Giorgio Armani, Karl Lagerfeld and Valentino were among mourners at the hourlong memorial service, while supermodels Eva Herzigova from the Czech Republic, Valeria Mazza from Argentina and Carla Bruni from Italy also paid their respects.

Famous friends and clients arrived from around the world, with Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, wife of John F. Kennedy Jr., ushered quietly into the Catholic cathedral.

The service included a reading in Italian by choreographer Maurice Bejart and an address by the Rev. Angelo Majo.

"We are gathered before the altar of God to remember in our prayers Gianni Versace, who was wrenched by a brutal death from the affections of his family, friends and colleagues, who are still coming to terms with such a tragic and unexpected event," Father Majo said.

Donatella, who designs a second line in the Versace stable, and Santo, the business brains behind the fashion empire, sat in the front row next to the designer's niece Allegra and his companion Antonio D'Amico.

Next to Donatella was the pop star Sting and his wife, Trudi Styler, while Lagerfeld and Campbell sat directly behind.

The front half of the cathedral, which has a capacity of around 3,000, was filled with friends and family, all ushered in through a side door; in the rear, Italian citizens crowded in to get a glimpse of the ceremony.

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