• Memorial service for Leon Russell held in south Tulsa


    TULSA, Okla. - Quick Facts:

    • Leon Russell died in his sleep at the age of 74 
    • Russell, who grew up in Tulsa, was a rock and roll legend 
    • Public funeral planned for him in Tulsa and Nashville 

    A public memorial service was held Sunday for a world-renowned songwriter and performer who called Tulsa home.

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    The life and work of Leon Russell was honored in a service Sunday afternoon at the Mabee Center in south Tulsa.

    The 74-year-old died in his sleep at his home near Nashville.

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    A funeral service was held Friday afternoon in Tennessee.

    In lieu of flowers Russell's family asked that donations be made to Partnership with Native Americans (PWNA), Music Cares or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.


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