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Family, Friends attend Don Cornelius Service

By: associated press
By: associated press
A spokeswoman for Don Cornelius

FILE - This Monday, March 6, 2006 file photo shows Don Cornelius at his office in Los Angeles. Cornelius, creator of the long-running TV dance show "Soul Train," shot himself to death Wednesday morning, Feb. 1, 2012 at his home in Los Angeles, police said. He was 75. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Don Cornelius has been cremated at a private
service attended by friends and family who were led in prayer by Rev. Jesse Jackson.

A spokeswoman for Cornelius' son Tony says the service was held Thursday at the same cemetery where Michael Jackson and other
celebrities are interred.

Tony Cornelius wrote in statement that his father and Jesse Jackson were very close, so it was only appropriate that the reverend deliver a prayer in the "Soul Train" founder and host's honor.

Cornelius' family is also planning a private memorial for next week.

Don Cornelius died Feb. 1 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

He has since been honored by fans and stars around the country.

The 75-year-old started "Soul Train" in 1970 and it became one
of the longest-running syndicated TV shows.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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