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Remembering a legend: Allen Toussaint funeral, public tribute today

NEW ORLEANS – Family, friends and fans will gather Friday morning to remember legendary songwriter, producer and performer Allen Toussaint. Funeral services will be held this morning at the Orpheum Theatre.

Toussaint died Nov. 9 of a heart attack after a performance in Madrid, Spain. Tributes have poured in from around the world since the death of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Grammy winner and composer of some of the most enduring songs in New Orleans music history.

A public visitation will be held at the recently restored Orpheum Theatre, 129 Roosevelt Way. Visitation will be held at the theater from 8 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. A tribute, featuring musical performances coordinated in part by Jazz Fest producer and longtime friend Quint Davis, will begin at 11 a.m. followed by a private burial.

Toussaint’s family, which includes four children, one step-child and six grandchildren, asked that donations in his memory be made to New Orleans Artists against Hunger and Homelessness, a charity he helped found in the 1980s. Donations may be sent c/o Loyola University, Campus Box 12, New Orleans, LA 70118.

Arrangements are being handled by D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home.

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