Aretha Franklin's Funeral in Detroit

Aretha Franklin's Funeral in Detroit

The gold dress is the fourth outfit Franklin has worn during a week of events leading up to her funeral. At the moment, guests are making their way in and taking their seats as the performances are set to begin soon.

Her body arrived in a 1940 Cadillac LaSalle hearse.

"Walk in the light", the choir members sang as the casket lid was lowered, "the handsome light". She had 77 entries in the US Billboard Hot 100 and 20 No 1 singles on the R&B chart.

In the church lobby were floral arrangements from some of Franklin's best-known friends, including Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand and Diana Ross.

Franklin's invitation-only funeral will be held Friday at the Greater Grace Temple.

Many high-profile public figures are in attendance at Aretha Franklin's funeral in Detroit today, and the Rev. Al Sharpton was among those who spoke. She said of the tune.

Programme covers showed a young Franklin, with a slight smile and sunglasses perched on her nose, and the caption "A Celebration Fit For The Queen".

Who's performing: An all-star lineup that includes Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Fantasia, Shirley Caesar and many more will perform at Aretha Franklin's funeral on Friday morning.

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Among those offering words will be former President Bill Clinton, Jackson and Franklin's friend since childhood, Smokey Robinson. "She did so much for civil rights".

Detroit's week of remembrances kicked off Monday with a gospel tribute that honored Franklin at New Bethel Baptist Church, the place that launched her legendary music career. "And there were other people who called us wanting to participate".

Also slated to perform are Ron Isley, Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, Jennifer Holliday and Aretha Franklin's son, Edward Franklin.

Aretha Franklin passed away at the age of 76 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. "We will never see another Aretha Franklin again, never".

Owens said Franklin loved fiercely and was the family's matriarch.

While most of the funeral plans have been for public benefit as of yet, Owens said Friday's funeral is more a chance for Franklin's family to grieve privately. She wore a baby blue dress on Wednesday and a rose gold gown for a viewing Thursday at the Detroit church where her father was the longtime pastor.

Owens added, "It's going to be very hard after all this is over and people have all gone away".


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