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Singer Gene Pitney buried in US
Lynne Pitney, centre, wife of singer Gene Pitney, at his funeral in Connecticut
Gene Pitney's wife Lynne leads the mourners at his funeral
The funeral of singer Gene Pitney has been held in his home town of Somers, in Connecticut.

Pitney died on 5 April at the age of 65 of natural causes, hours after coming off stage during his UK tour.

He was buried at the Somers Centre Cemetery following a service at the nearby All Saints Church.

His family asked for donations, in lieu of flowers, to be made to Connecticut Public Broadcasting Company and the Humane Society of the US.

Pitney was found dead in his hotel room in Cardiff the morning after playing at the city's St David's Hall.

'Home now'

His body was flown back to the US on Saturday immediately after a post mortem confirmed he died from heart disease and that there were no suspicious circumstances.

Gene Pitney
Gene Pitney had been touring in Wales when he died

"His family have taken the news as can be expected," said Pitney's promoter Mark Howes.

"They felt awful that he was so far away when it happened but they are glad that he is home now."

Pitney's biggest hits included Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa, Town Without Pity and Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart, on which he duetted with Marc Almond.

Burt Bacharach, who wrote Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa, called Pitney "a rare talent and a beautiful man".


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