Final farewell to Aretha Franklin

Final farewell to Aretha Franklin

Final farewell to Aretha Franklin

Funeral services for Aretha Franklin are set to begin mid-morning at the Greater Grace Temple, one of the largest and most famous churches in the city.

As we reported earlier this month, Aretha Franklin passed away at her home in Detroit "due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type".

Besides performers, speakers at the funeral include former president Bill Clinton, Clive Davis, Smokey Robinson, reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, Cicely Tyson, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

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

The invitation-only funeral at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple caps off a week of high-profile public viewings and tribute concerts. Singers include Steve Wonder, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Faith Hill and Chaka Khan.

Thursday, a tribute concert took place nearby at Chene Park Amphitheater with The Four Tops, Gladys Knight and more performing for fans.

The Queen of Soul, who died on August 16 from pancreatic cancer at the age of 76, is being honored for more than six hours with 18 performers and more than 15 speakers. 'I love her. She was my longest friend'. But he says the focus still has to be squarely on the Queen of Soul.

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

Franklin was dressed in much more vibrant hues for day one and two of the public viewings at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

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