Published: Fri, August 31, 2018
Culture | By Jeremy Gray

Aretha Franklin: Stars and fans gather for funeral

Aretha Franklin: Stars and fans gather for funeral

Aretha's body has been on display in a gold coffin at the Charles H Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit for two days ahead of her funeral.

Aretha Franklin passed away on August 16 at age 76 from advanced pancreatic cancer. Songs will be offered by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson.

Franklin will also be honored Thursday night at "A People's Tribute to the Queen" concert at Chene Park featuring at least 22 musical performances, including the Four Tops, Johnny Gill and Ron Isley. She'll then be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery. One hundred pink Cadillacs also line the street outside.

The singer has returned to the church where her father was once the pastor, and where she first began singing in the gospel choir, before she began her road to stardom aged 14.

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To be sure, the funeral which caps off a week of events that included high-profile public viewings and tribute concerts, comes with all-star speakers and performers.

Her grandchildren spoke briefly, delivering heartfelt thanks on behalf of their family.

The world lost a queen and a bit of its soul with the passing of Aretha Franklin. She called the Motor City home for most of her life. "We were just cool all of our lives, and we stayed in contact, and we talked all the time up until she was no longer able to do that a few weeks ago", Robinson said on CNN. Robinson and Franklin grew up together in Detroit.

"I think she's wonderful and I know that the spirit of God that's in her is what brought all of us here". 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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