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As the sun shined down through the windows of the Harold Washington Public Library in Chicago on Sunday, Miguel Cervantes and wife Kelly joined with family and friends to say goodbye to their 3-year-old daughter Adelaide.
“To all of Adelaide’s army, to all who touched her and comforted her and tried to save her, you will always be a part of our family,” the Hamilton star, 42, said towards the end of the 40-minute Celebration of Life service, as his wife Kelly, 37, stood reassuringly by his side, stroking his back with every passing word. “Adelaide will live on in all of us.”
Then the grieving dad looked up, and started to cry. “I think she’s dancing and smiling right now,” he said.
The service took place just days after Adelaide died on Oct. 12 after battling a series of health issues throughout her life.
November - Parents - PEOPLE - Adelaide - Milestones
In November of 2018, the parents told PEOPLE that Adelaide missed some traditional milestones as a baby, and when she was just 7 months old, she experienced her first seizure. Doctors would quickly determine that the seizure was a result of epilepsy. At 9 months old, Adelaide was diagnosed with Infantile Spasms (IS).
But on Sunday, the Cervantes family chose to celebrate their child, who was “equal parts soft and fiery,“ and the “Adelaideybug“ whose “energy was magnetic.”
Family - Friends - Room - Sounds - Songs
Shortly after family and friends were greeted into the room by the orchestral sounds of songs such as The Beatles 1969 classic “Here Comes the Sun” and Rent’s “Seasons of Love.” Various members of the Chicago production of Hamilton stepped on stage to perform “Touch the Sky” from the movie Brave.
Hamilton costar Andrew Call officially welcomed everyone in attendance, referring to Adelaide as “a gift from day one“ before family and friends came...
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