Gladys Knight ‘reveals she has cancer at Aretha Franklin’s funeral’

Gladys Knight ‘reveals she has cancer at Aretha Franklin’s funeral’

They filed past and paid their respects at Franklin's open casket, where they saw her wearing a sparkling full-length gold dress with sequined heels - her fourth and final outfit of the week.

Bishop Charles H. Ellis began speaking almost two hours after the ceremony had been slated to begin. "When Aretha Franklin sang, it felt like the voice of Detroit".

Jordan Franklin, left, pauses alongside his sister Victorie Franklin while speaking about their grandmother, Aretha Franklin, during the funeral service for the legendary singer at Greater Grace Temple, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Detroit.

All throughout the week, fans from around the country flooded Detroit to pay homage to the Grammy Award-winning megastar as Franklin lay in repose. When the diva's family arrived, the song was "You Are The Source of My Strength".

Singing a Franklin classic in front of the late icon's family and friends was no doubt a daunting task, but Grande handled it with grace, keeping her usual verbal gymnastics in check to deliver a lovely, faithful rendition.

Many noted her longtime commitment to civil rights and lasting concern for the poor.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced at the ceremony that Franklin will be honored with the renaming of riverfront concert venue Chene Park to Aretha Franklin Park. "Bless her heart", tweeted one, Tenisha Taylor Bell.

Aretha Franklin sang and she inspired - and that is the gift she leaves to the world. Franklin made her first recordings at age 14 in her father's church in Detroit.


Aretha Franklin was known as the Queen of Soul. "She worked for us".

Franklin influenced generations of singers from the late Whitney Houston to Beyonce, with unforgettable hits including "Respect" (1967) and "I Say a Little Prayer" (1968).

Robinson, the Motown great, remembered first hearing Franklin play piano when he was just eight and remained close to her for the rest of her life, talking for hours at a time.

She added, "I send my love to the entire Franklin family and my gratitude to them for sharing such an extraordinary person with us".

The service also included the reading of condolences from former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, both of whom did not attend.

ARETHA FRANKLIN ORCHESTRA: (Singing) Walk in the light.

The speakers at Friday's invitation-only funeral at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple include former President Bill Clinton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Smokey Robinson.

The daughter of a prominent Baptist preacher and civil rights activist, she sang at the funeral of Martin Luther King Jr, as well as the inaugurations of presidents Clinton and Obama. "And the world is mourning you and the world is going to miss you".

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