The funeral of Reverend James Cleveland was held at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. He is interred at Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, California.
Reverend James Cleveland was born on December 5, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois. He was a well respected minister and an award-winning gospel musician. His career spanned many decades. Although he allegedly contracted the AIDS virus through same-sex sexual encounters, it is widely reported that Reverend James Cleveland died as a result of congestive heart failure after falling into a coma shortly before his death. He passed away on February 9, 1991 in Culver City, California.