Richie Havens 'Returns' For Woodstock Finale
The ashes of Woodstock opener Richie Havens have been scattered across the site of the legendary 1969 concert.
Havens played the largely improvised first act at Woodstock, with his performance of Freedom electrifying the massive crowd of 450,000 people.
He died in April of a heart attack aged 72.
His ashes were scattered from a plane as it flew over the upstate New York field during a ceremony on Sunday.
About 30 family members attended the event, which drew more than 1,000 fans.
"I feel he was most happy on this stage out of all the places he performed in his life, so we felt this is the place he wanted to be forever," his daughter, Dhalia Havens, told the Times Herald-Record.
Havens' widow, Nancy, called the send-off bittersweet.
"I'm just trying to get through this day because it's the final goodbye," she said.
Actors Danny Glover and Louis Gossett Jr were also among the speakers.
Bethel Woods Centre for the Arts, the venue built on the Woodstock site, hosted the tribute on the 44th anniversary of the final day of the famous three-day concert.