August 16, 2004 9:24

RICK JAMES LAID TO REST

Thousands of fans attend the funk legend's funeral...

RICK JAMES LAID TO REST
RICK JAMES was laid to rest on Saturday (August 14) in the presence of 6,000 fans.

The funk legend – best known for 1981 hit ‘Superfreak’ – was cremated following a funeral in his hometown on Buffalo, New York, according to the BBC.

At the funeral, James’ cousin Louis Stokes said: "This Buffalo project boy was like a phoenix rising from the ashes to the pinnacle of America’s music world. He took us all on a rollercoaster ride."

A gospel choir and band performed at the service.

Although James had been plagued by ill health, suffering a stroke in 1998 as well as living with diabetes and a pacemaker, the cause of his death is still unknown by coroners.

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