Rick James' gravestone erected

Aug. 6, 2006 at 7:52 PM
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BUFFALO, N.Y., Aug. 6 (UPI) -- A black granite monument that marks funk legend Rick James' burial spot has been set up in Forest Lawn, N.Y., the Buffalo News said Sunday.

The gravestone was erected just in time for the second anniversary of his death Sunday.

An etching of the Buffalo-born singer's portrait shows him in a relaxed pose in the tight leather pants and jacket he liked to wear and with his guitar, the New said.

The etching comes from a photo taken for his 1981 hit album "Street Songs," which included "Give It to Me Baby" and "Super Freak." The album sold 3 million copies and propelled him to superstar status.

The monument for man born James Ambrose Johnson Jr. stands 4 feet, 9 inches high and has a base that's 4 feet wide. His ashes are interred at the site. The monument weighs two tons, the biggest the cemetery allows for a four-plot site, the newspaper reported.

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