Mayor of Beale Street's death not of suspicious cause

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The death of a trumpet player known as the Mayor of Beale Street was likely from natural causes.

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said Monday that unless there is a different autopsy outcome, there is no evidence to support a homicide investigation into the death of 70-year-old Rudy Williams, according to The Commercial Appeal.

The musician's body was found May 31 in woods near a motel. He had left his home nearby to buy a pack of cigarettes at a convenience store on May 22.

Williams was noted for dressing up and playing in the blues entertainment district where he had performed for a half-century.

His funeral will be conducted Wednesday at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, followed by a funeral procession down Beale Street with burial in the West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery.

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(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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