Aretha Franklin's funeral to fuse spirit with star power

Even In Death, Aretha Franklin Isn’t Wearing The Same Outfit Twice

Even In Death, Aretha Franklin Isn’t Wearing The Same Outfit Twice

Just more than two weeks after the world lost one the greatest singing voices ever to be heard, the opulent funeral planned to send off Aretha Franklin to her final resting place was set to be held Friday morning in the Queen of Soul's longtime hometown of Detroit.

Those selected to speak at the funeral include Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson, actress Cicely Tyson, record mogul Clive Davis, Michigan governor Rick Snyder, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Rev. Jesse Jackson and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

The star gave her final performance last November at a gala in NY held in aid of the Elton John Aids Foundation.

It was the final day of public viewings for the legendary 76-year-old, ahead of her private funeral on 31 August.

In addition to the public viewings, fans can watch musical tributes to Franklin at Chene Park's riverfront amphitheater on Thursday evening, which will feature Gladys Knight, Johnny Gill, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Angie Stone, The Four Tops and Keith Washington.

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Notable performers for the funeral include Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Faith Hill, Jennifer Holliday and Pastor Shirley Caesar, among many others.

'There are some girls who haven't been born yet. who will be inspired by Aretha, ' he said.

She died of pancreatic cancer on 16 August. There was also gold material draped inside her "Queen of Soul"-inscribed casket, with an arrangement of blush pink and purple flowers lining the altar".

This celebration will end a week-long tribute to the singer, which included droves of fans descending on Detroit to see her lying in repose at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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