Family, fans to bid farewell to Aretha Franklin with music-filled funeral

31 August, 2018, 17:48 | Author: Heather Diaz
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Aretha Franklin has been moved to the Bethel Baptist Church for the final day of the public viewing in Detroit - the church where she first began singing.

Furthermore, Pistons great Isiah Thomas is set to speak during the service.

There'll be performances by Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Faith Hill, Shirley Caesar, Chaka Khan and more.

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.

Page Six reports the reigning diva will receive new outfits for a third viewing on Thursday.

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Franklin's white hearse arrived more than two hours before the service is scheduled to start at 10:00 Eastern.

The memorial concert, titled "A People's Tribute to the Queen", will take place in Chene Park Amphitheatre in Detroit.

Some of the meticulous details planned for the funeral include lining the streets of Detroit with pink Cadillacs, honoring both her hometown as well as her 1985 chart-topping hit by the same name.

"There will be some laughing, some tears, some joy, some sorrow", Bishop Charles H. Ellis, III, pastor of Greater Grace Temple, who will serve as officiant for Frankin's funeral told ET earlier this week.

TMZ caught up with the "I'm Every Woman" belter at the airport on her way to Detroit from Los Angeles. She called the Motor City home for most of her life. "I think it's going to be a very jubilant experience". "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.

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