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James Brown Funeral Finalized

Dec 28, 2006 | 6:58am EST

Details of late soul legend James Brown's funeral have been finalized, with his widow confirming she'll accompany his body until he is buried on Saturday.

Tomi Rae Hynie's attendance at the string of memorial services being held in the singer's honor was thrown in doubt when Brown's lawyers locked her out of his South Carolina estate after his death on Christmas Day.

They maintain her marriage to the star--his fourth--was invalid because she was married to another man at the time.

However, Hynie insists she'll look after her late partner in death, just as she did while he was still living, despite the allegations.

She tells the New York Daily News, "I loved him very much. I cared for him, I gave him insulin shots for 10 years. He was the love of my life and I want to be able to grieve for my husband.

"The whole family will be at all the services. We have all had a say in the funeral arrangements and we are all grieving."

A horse-drawn procession will carry Brown's body to the Apollo Theater in New York today for a public viewing.

A private ceremony for family and friends will follow in Brown's Augusta, Georgia, hometown tomorrow before a public funeral service there on Saturday.


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