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Burt Reynolds mourned at private memorial in Florida

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

Late actor's ex-wife Loni Anderson and son Quinton were among speakers at small gathering

Actor Burt Reynolds, shown Sept. 10, 2007, was celebrated by friends and family at a private service. (The Canadian Press)

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 Thursday service at Quattlebaum Funeral Home in North Palm Beach, Florida, a family spokeswoman, Cheryl Kagan, told The Associated Press.

Reynolds died at age 82 on Sept. 6 at a hospital in Jupiter, Fla., and a death certificate issued Sept. 10 that was obtained by Entertainment Tonight said that he had already been cremated. Neither family nor officials have revealed a cause of death.

Bobby Bowden, former longtime 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.

Burt Reynolds, right, holds hands with Loni Anderson at luncheon in Los Angeles in 1987. Ex-wife Anderson was among the speakers at the private service. (Bob Galbraith/The Associated Press)

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 ESPN football analyst who was a teammate and roommate of Reynolds in college, and former NCAA and NFL quarterback Doug Flutie.