Detroit hosts star-studded funeral for Aretha Franklin

31 August, 2018, 16:53 | Author: Conrad Doyle
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Thomas first became friends with Franklin, a life-long Detroit resident, after he joined the Pistons in the 1980s.

Jennifer Hudson - who will play the late Queen of Soul in an upcoming biopic - will belt out "Amazing Grace" at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, while Ariana Grande will perform Franklin's iconic ballad "Natural Woman", according to a setlist obtained by TMZ.

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Over the past few days, fans have been gathering together in the Queen of Soul's hometown to pay their final respects to the legendary singer, who died on August 16 at the age of 76 from pancreatic cancer.

The man in charge of Aretha Franklin's funeral, Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, wants her fans around the world to know one thing - get ready for church.

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After the service, she will make her final journey in the same ivory 1940 Cadillac LaSalle that transported the body of her father in 1984, and that of civil rights icon Rosa Parks in 2005.

The service will close with a performance from Jennifer Holliday and the Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir. "It's truly inspiring to see how many hearts, how many people my grandma has touched", said Victorie Franklin.

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A tribute concert, starring The Four Tops, Angie Stone and Regina Belle was also hosted on Thursday evening in her honour. On Monday, she wore a lace red dress with matching Christian Louboutin leather pumps, switching into a blue sparkly dress with open-toed silver shoes on Tuesday.

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