Detroit hosts star-studded funeral for Aretha Franklin

31 August, 2018, 17:15 | Author: Sheri Evans
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As we reported earlier this month, Aretha Franklin passed away at her home in Detroit "due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type".

Furthermore, Pistons great Isiah Thomas is set to speak during the service.

Among those speaking at the ceremony are former President Bill Clinton, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the Rev. Al Sharpton.

The star gave her final performance last November at a gala in NY held in aid of the Elton John Aids Foundation. TMZ queried Chaka Khan to see what her thoughts were on the Trump family attended Franklin's funeral.

For Thursday's viewing at New Bethel Baptist Church, Franklin laid in repose in a lacy, rose gold gown by St. John's, styled with a pair of gold Christian Louboutin heels, while her gospel music played in the background.

A People's Tribute to the Queen, held on the waterfront of Franklin's hometown Detroit, ended with a mass performance of her anthem Respect.

Greater Grace Temple is calling on people with pink Cadillacs to line up before the funeral in an effort to create a "Freeway of Love" in tribute to Franklin.

"I think she's wonderful and I know that the spirit of God that's in her is what brought all of us here".

"There are some girls who haven't been born yet. who will be inspired by Aretha", he said. But he says the focus still has to be squarely on the Queen of Soul.

The funeral comes after several days of public viewings for the singer, which began with two days at Detroit's Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History that attracted thousands of fans and mourners from around the country.

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