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Published: Jun 15, 2010
Jimmy Dean Piano Shaped Mausoleum?
by Staff

Donna Meade Dean & Jimmy Dean designed his mausoleum, shaped like a grand piano, years ago, says his widow.

The sausage and music king will be laid to rest in a granite grand piano mausoleum overlooking the James River in his beloved Chaffin's Bluff in Virginia. (Picture is a depiction only)

She said the couple ordered the 9-1/2 foot long $350,000 piano-shaped tomb several years ago.

It has room for only one casket, so she had told Dean that if she went first he "could have me cremated and put me in your pocket," she told the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Octogenarian country music singer-turned-successful sausage entrepreneur Jimmy Dean, 81, died of natural causes Sunday night at his Virginia home, his wife said.

"I definitely need my privacy right now, and am not available for interviews," Donna Dean told Richmond's WTVR-TV. "My husband died of natural causes, and funeral services are pending."

Dean had started making hits with 1961's "Big Bad John" and from there went into business, peddling the sausage brand that bears his name. He recently was voted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. His induction was to take place later in the year, reports UPI.

Donna Meade Dean was a singer and songwriter before she met Jimmy and became his second wife. They married in 1991. She is credited for helping Dean write his autobiography '30 Years of Sausage, 50 Years of Ham' in 2004.

Jimmy Dean's public funeral is set for this Sunday and Monday, with eight hours of visitation, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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