Burt Reynolds mourned at private memorial service in Florida

About 80 of Burt Reynolds’ friends and relatives shared memories of the late actor at a private memorial service.

Reynolds’ ex-wife Loni Anderson and their son Quinton Anderson Reynolds were among the speakers at the service on Thursday at Quattlebaum Funeral Home in North Palm Beach, Florida, a family spokeswoman, Cheryl Kagan, told The Associated Press.

Reynolds died aged 82 on September 6 at a hospital in Jupiter, Florida.

A death certificate issued on September 10 that was obtained by Entertainment Tonight said that he had already been cremated.

Burt Reynolds holds hands with Loni Anderson (Bob Galbraith/AP)">
Burt Reynolds holds hands with Loni Anderson (Bob Galbraith/AP)

Neither family nor officials have disclosed a cause of death.

Bobby Bowden, former longtime American football coach at Florida State University, where Reynolds was a player, opened the service with a prayer and went on to tell stories from throughout the actor’s life.

Anderson, who had a famously difficult divorce from Reynolds, shared happier moments from their 12 years together, calling their son Quinton their “greatest collaboration”.

Other guests included Lee Corso, the football analyst who was a teammate and roommate of Reynolds in college, and former NCAA and NFL quarterback Doug Flutie.

- Press Association

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