NEW YORK -- About 1,000 relatives and friends of comic-actor John Belushi today attended a memorial service filled with fond words, music and humor at St. John the Divine Cathedral.
The service was held a day after Los Angeles coroner Thomas Noguchi ruled that Belushi, 33, died of an overdose injection of cocaine and heroin last Friday at a Hollywood bungalow the star was renting.
The mourners at the private service included family members, past and present stars of 'Saturday Night Live,' the television series that catapulted Belushi to fame, and singer Carly Simon, actor Christopher Reeves, actress Penny Marshal and singer-composer Paul Simon.
Belushi's brother, Jim, opened the hour-long service by staring about the Gothic cathedral in Manhattan and saying: 'This is a beautful hall.'
'I can't but believe John would have liked to play this hall. I can see him now rolling down the aisle, ' he said, recalling a scene from the film 'The Blues Brothers,' in which Belushi did a series of somersaults down a a church aisle.
'He did a lot for us,' Belushi said of his brother. 'He made Albanian people proud. He made our family proud. He made me proud.'
Belishi's comic sidekick and movie co-star, Dan Ackroyd, said: 'I remain his number one fan.
'John was a nighthawk but he was not an immoral individual,' he added.
In a musical tribute to Belushi, Ackroyd held up a cassette tape recorder and played a song called the 'Two Thousand Pound Bee.' Belushi played a mock-ferocious 'killer bee' in many Saturday Night skits.
'We promised we'd force (the song) on a church full of people if either of us died,' Ackroyd deadpanned.
In another musical tribute, Rhonda Coullet sang 'For a Dancer,' to the accompaniment of a saxaphone and piano played by musician friends of Belushi.
Belushi was buried Tuesday in a small graveyard on Martha's Vineyard, a Massachusetts resort island that had become his refuge.