Hollywood star Katherine Heigl is forced to apologise after posing for bizarre selfies while visiting her brother's grave
Katherine Heigl has apologized for a series of 'disrespectful' photos taken in a graveyard.
The actress took the images on Sunday as she visited the grave of her brother, who was just 16 when he died in a car accident in 1986.
After stopping by the tomb of her late brother, the 39-year-old posed for a series of silly snaps in the cemetery with husband Josh Kelley, 38.
Misfire: Katherine Heigl apologizes for being 'disrespectful' after jokingly posing with tombstones while visiting her brother's grave; she captioned this shot of an impressive monument, 'I also managed to get in a little gossip with the girls'
Fans complained about the images on the star's Instagram, and the Grey’s Anatomy alum responded.
'I noticed on my Instagram page that the post I posted earlier was getting a lot of reaction, and I realized you guys are right.' Heigl said in a series of videos taken later in the day. 'It was not appropriate and it was disrespectful and I've taken it down.'
She explained she had wanted to make the visit more lighthearted.
'It’s kind of a heavy thing to go and visit my loved ones' graves, and I decided to find some moments of levity and humor and didn’t realize how inappropriate I was being.
Heaven help her: The smiling actress also took a selfie 'with an impatient angel'
'I deeply apologize and I thank you guys for understanding that sometimes I don’t think things through clearly enough and I am grateful for your input and for giving me a heads up when I’m maybe going too far.
'And thank you for forgiving me. Next time I will be more thoughtful about other people’s feelings and not just my own.'
One of the images which angered fans showed Katherine sitting on a tall, white stone monument with larger than life-size weeping angels on either side of her.
She captioned the shot: 'I also managed to get in a little gossip with the girls.'
And she also took a selfie 'with an impatient angel.'
Spooky coincidence: Katherine's musician husband, 38, was somewhat rattled to find his own stone in the graveyard
Joining Katherine on the visit was her musician husband Josh, who posed up with a stone baring his own last name.
Wrote Katherine: '[He] found his own grave...which was weird.'
There was no sign of the couple's three children: adopted daughters Naleigh, nine, who hails from South Korea, and Adalaide, six, from the U.S., or their 17-month-old son Joshua who were probably with Katherine's family as they visited her hometown of Buffalo, New York.
Keeping up with her family: Katherine Heigl visited Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, New York, at the weekend to visit her brother Jason Heigl who died in a car crash at age 16 in 1986
One very plain stone said, simply: 'Jason Debus Heigl, 1970 - 1986' a memorial to her brother.
He died after he was thrown from the back of a pickup truck in a car crash while out for lunch with high school classmates.
Katherine also posed next to the equally simple stone of her grandfather, Reinhold F. Engelhardt, who died in 1985, age 82.
Her grandmother Margaretta Jane Debus Engelhardt, lived another 14 years, passing away in 2009 at 94.
Another relative: She also paid her respects to her grandfather, Reinhold F. Engelhardt, who died in 1985, age 82
Calling in to see granny: Katherine's grandmother Margaretta Jane Debus Engelhardt, lived another 14 years after her husband, passing away in 2009 at 94
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