Public memorial for musician Bonner canceled

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- A planned tribute at a Dayton nightclub for Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner has been canceled because the Ohio Players frontman had expressed that he didn't want any public memorials.

Bonner, a Hamilton native who starred with the hit-making 1970s funk band, died last month of cancer at age 69.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/WsZl9P) reports that a good friend had planned a public tribute at a nightclub on March 14, which would have been Bonner's 70th birthday. But it was canceled after Bonner's longtime attorney raised objections.

The attorney said the musician was a private person, and his Dayton-area family members didn't want any public events.

However, a memorial planned by Bonner's Cincinnati-area relatives is going on as scheduled on Saturday at a 500-seat church.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com