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Private Memorial Services to Be Held for Kinison in L.A.

By: Times Staff and Wire Reports
Originally printed in The Los Angeles Times
Monday, April 13, 1992

A private memorial service will be held for comedian Sam Kinison on Wednesday in Los Angeles, and Kinison will be buried in Tulsa, Okla., on Friday, his publicist said Sunday.

Kinison, killed Friday in a head-on crash in the California desert, will be buried near his mother’s home, said Bill Kinison, the late comic’s brother and manager.

Kinison, 38, was killed when a pickup truck carrying two teen-agers swerved into his lane and struck his car on U.S. Highway 95, authorities said.

His 26-year-old wife, Malika, suffered a concussion in the crash, which occurred near the California-Nevada border. She was transferred from Needles Desert Community Hospital to an undisclosed hospital in Los Angeles on Sunday–one week after she and Kinison had wed.

The passenger in the pickup, Glen Moren, 18, of Las Vegas was also released from the Needles hospital Sunday, the Associated Press reported. The truck’s driver, a Las Vegas 17-year-old, was being held at San Bernardino County Juvenile Hall on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, officials said.