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Singer Little Richard performs a musical tribute to producer Don Cornelius creator and producer of the television music show "Soul Train" at the 3rd annual TV Land Awards in Santa Monica, California March 13, 2005. Cornelius was honored with the Pop Culture award at the awards show which honors classic television shows and performers. Photo by Fred Prouser/Reuters.

Little Richard to be buried at historically black college

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Little Richard will be buried at Oakwood University, a historically black university in Huntsville, Alabama.

Gerald Kibble, director of Oakwood Memorial Gardens, said the private funeral will be held Wednesday and will not be open to the public.

Little Richard’s close friend Pastor Bill Minson said the singer was an alumnus of the university. Little Richard died Saturday at the age of 87 in Tennessee due to bone cancer.

The cemetery is owned by the Seventh-day Adventist university.

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