Funeral services for singer and actor Bing Crosby, 73, who died of a heart attack Friday in Madrid, have been scheduled for Tuesday in Los Angeles.
One of his sons, Harry, arrived in the Spanish capital yesterday to make arrangements for returning the entertainer's body to California. The flight is planned for Monday.
Crosby's second wife, Kathryn Grant Crosby, said at their home in Hillsborough, Calif., that he probably would be buried beside his parents and his first wife, Dixie Lee, in a Los Angeles cemetery.
When informed Friday that her husband had collapsed and died after finishing and winning 18 holes of golf, a game to which he was dedicated. Mrs. Crosby tearfully told reporters:
"I can't think of any better way for a golfer who sings for a living to finish the round."
She added that she had talked to one of the three Spanish golfing champions who had played with him, and was told that Crobsy "had a very good round."
Harry 19 the oldest of three children born after Crosby's second marriage, was met at the Madrid airport by Cesar de Zulueta, president of the golf club where the singer died.
"I know he died the way he would have wanted to," young Crosby told reporters, adding that while Crosby may have been famous to the world. "to me he was just my father, a wonderful father."
U.S. consular officials in Madrid said yesterday that an autopsy by Spanish medical authorities showed nothing to conflict with preliminary reports that a heart attack was the cause of death.
Crosby's personal physicial. Dr. Stanley Hanfling of San Mateo, Calif., said Crosby had been in good condition and showed no signs of heart trouble at the time of his last examination.
He had received periodic examinations since last spring when he suffered a back injury in a fall from a stage in Pasadena. Calif. Close to four years ago. Crosby had undergone surgery for an abscess on his lung, which was described as a rare fungus infection.
The entertainer, however, always took very good care of his health Dr. Hanfling stressed.
Meanwhile, tributes to Crosby, the smooth-voiced baritone who had delighted millions of fans over five decades, continued to come from celebrities in the two worlds he shared - entertainment and golf.
Actress Dorothy Lamour joined Bob Hope with whom she and Crosby starred in seven "Road" films, in expressing deep grief.
"It's such a great loss. Bing was an individual. He was Bing Crosby. He was a wonderful man, a religious man," she said.
There were statements from other stars - Fred Astaire, Milton Berle, Lucille Ball, Zsa Gabor and John Wayne.
Golf professionals Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, who were good friends of Crosby and had played in his Pro-Am tournaments, said they were stunned by his death.
"I think he's sort of a tradition in America. from 'White Christmas' to the Bing Crosby Pro-Am." Palmer said.
"White Christmas" was a reference to one of the most popular of the millions of Crosby records sold around the world over the years.
Spokesmen for the Pro-Am, one of the most successful tournaments on the professional golf tour, said the tournament probably would go on - plans already are under way for the 1978 event in January.
The Crosby family's annual Christmas television show was taped in London in late August. It will be shown on CBS.
In addition to Harry, there are two other children. Mary Frances and Nathaniel. Crosby also leaves four sons, Gary, Phillip, Dennis and Lindsay by his first marriage.
His voice will be heard on the "Disney Halloween Hall of Fame" television show on Oct. 30. He sings the narration for "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," an animated film released in 1949.
Also in London the German-owned Polydor Records said it will issue Crosby's last recording, entitled "Season," next week.
It is a single, recorded in London during Crosby's two-week appearance at the Palladium there just before his visit to Spain.