Thousands Gather for Gerald Levert's Memorial Service

Cleveland, OH - Friends, family and fans gather to pay tribute to a local legend taken too soon.

A sea of purple invaded downtown today, as fans dressed in Gerald Levert's favorite color sang and danced under umbrellas waiting for Friday's memorial service to begin.

The R&B sensation's memorial took place to a packed house at Public Hall.

Fans from around the country in town to pay their final respects, as well as superstars like Usher and Jermaine Dupri.

Levert died from a heart attack at his Newbury home last week - he was 40-years-old.

Levert first gained fame back in 1986, as a member of the R-and-B- trio LeVert, which also included his brother, Sean. They quickly racked up hits like "(Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop) Goes My Mind," "Casanova," and "Baby I'm Ready."

He was the son of O'Jays singer Eddie Levert. flooded with over 500 condolences from fans across the nation.

In lieu of flowers, the Levert Family is asking that donations be made to the R&B Foundation.  Checks should be written in the name of the R&B Foundation and forwarded to:

Mr. Andy Gibson

Trevel Productions, Inc.

13816 Cedar Road

University Heights, OH 44118