Belinda had no autopsy. The coroner's report listed Belinda's death as accidental, a result of end-stage liver failure due to acetaminophen overdose. The findings are noted on her death certificate, which lists Belinda's occupation as a composer. Like her inspiration J.S. Bach, Belinda wanted recognition and respect for the music she created. This music - "Time" and "Leaves of December" scores a memorial tribute video presented by Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The seven-minute video encapsulates Belinda's life: Guitars, goth, ballet shoes and makeup; A little girl, a young woman, a daughter, a sister, a singer, an actress, a DJ, a dancer. An accomplished life of intense joy and frustration all compacted into 28 years.
Hollywood Forever is a historical landmark, the final resting place of many Hollywood immortals: Beautiful silver screen stars like Jayne Mansfield and Rudolph Valentino. Like those icons, Belinda died in her prime. It seemed fitting that she stop there for a while. On the evening of November 19, the "Leaves of December" CD played as guests entered the cozy, arched chapel. Friends and loved ones stopped to view her for one long last while. Before the standing-room only crowd, the preacher spoke about Belinda's generosity, her selflessness, her loving spirit. He opened the microphone to her friends, who told stories of how Belinda warmed their lives. Then Belinda's memorial video debuted.
"Stand still in the moment,
Paint the canvas of your mind," she sang as her life flashed before her friends' eyes.
"In this universe of movement
We can waste anything but time ..."
The night before the memorial, Rio and his girlfriend Amaris - "Ammo" gathered with a few friends at a local club. Rio brought his red fans. He'd bought them two days before he'd met Belinda. These were his "good luck" fans, the best. Unlike other pairs, these were unworn by the years; they never cracked, never broke. He'd taught Belinda to dance with these fans. With these fine fans, he did what Belinda would have, could she have: He danced. "I gave them one last night of beauty before they are retired and will spend eternity with her," he wrote to her LA DEAD friends. "They were always her favorites and I feel it is only right that they go with her." They did.
Belinda returned to Brevard North Carolina, where she rests near her daddy at Pisgah Gardens Perpetual Care. Many who knew her believe she's still dancing and singing somewhere. "I hope you dance forever," Sydney posted in her memorial guestbook.
"Belinda will forever live on in our memories & souls," family friend Phyllis Price wrote. "She had a exuberant presence about her that lit up everyone's spirits. Heaven has received another great Bach for all times!"
On September 10, 2008, a cherubic curly haired brunette baby entered the world. Eight pounds and five ounces of screaming, hungry perfection. Her name: Taryn Belinda. Daddy Rio and Mommy Ammo wanted to honor the beloved "auntie" the pretty baby would never meet. "It is for [Belinda] I will continue to fight to survive and not let the odds beat me," Rio wrote on the anniversary of his own broken date with death. For Belinda, and for Taryn Belinda, the new hope, "who will hear [Belinda's] story and mine and will grow up to know what the true meaning of friendship is."
Friends still leave Belinda messages on her MySpace page. On June 16, 2008, when Belinda would have turned 29, friends left a string of happy birthday wishes. Some comments simply say "I miss you."
In Ms. Belinda's opus, "Silhouette," she left a message to her friends:
"So on the corner of Second Street and First Avenue
Is a ghost marking where I once stood.
And my mind is hiding with you all my friends
And if my body could be there with you it would ..."