April 11 1990 Over 1,500 people attend White’s funeral , a standing-room-only event held at the Second Presbyterian Church on Meridian Street in Indianapolis. White’s pallbearers include Elton John, football star Howie Long and television talk show host, Phil Donahue. Elton John performs “Skyline Pigeon” at the funeral and also trains the Hamilton Heights High School choir to sing with him. The funeral is also being attended by friend Michael Jackson, seated beside Ryan’s sister, Andrea, and his mother, Jeanne (whom he comforts throughout the service) and First Lady, Barbara Bush. Busloads of Ryan’s schoolmates at Hamilton Heights High School in Arcadia, 25 miles north of Indianapolis, also attend the funeral, which is carried live by ‘Cable News Network’
Three days after Ryan White’s funeral, Jackson called White-Ginder and said he’d promised Ryan he could be in his next video, and now that he’s gone, he couldn’t do that. But Jackson found a way. The “Gone Too Soon” video featured footage of Ryan, including his media attention as the face of the AIDS epidemic, his life growing up with the disease, and his funeral.
Jeanne White-Ginder said, “That’s a memory we’ll share forever.”