Aretha Franklin's funeral to fuse spirit with star power

03 September, 2018, 21:48 | Author: Heather Diaz
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George W Bush also sent a letter to Franklin's family; while Bill Clinton spoke from the pulpit, describing himself as an "Aretha Franklin groupie" and praising the star's work ethic.

Franklin's gold-plated casket was escorted out of the church at 6:45 pm, a simple posy of roses on top, almost eight hours after the service officially began at 11:00am.

Over a hundred pink Cadillacs will line the route to Aretha Franklin's funeral and stand honor guard along Seven Mile outside of the church.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson comforted actress Cicely Tyson and Franklin's family members comforted one another.

All throughout the week, fans from around the country flooded Detroit to pay homage to the Grammy Award-winning megastar as Franklin lay in repose.

Franklin owned several properties in Detroit and also retained the rights to the songs she penned. "I don't know I guess I put my arm around her", he added, before doubling down on the Taco Bell humor: "Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar but again, I apologize".

Wilson, her entertainment attorney, says she would not have wanted to see her finances publicly aired: "She was a private person". On Thursday night, a sold-out tribute concert was held at Detroit's Chene Park Detroit Amphitheatre.

He noted Franklin's commitment to her beliefs, even after great commercial success, suggesting the riches and fame that followed hits like "Respect" and "Chain of Fools" could have pulled her away. I could not sing that well neither could my mum, but it was hard to find her not singing in the kitchen or in the bathroom.

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Her coffin is to be entombed in Detroit's Woodlawn Cemetery near the remains of her father; her brother, Cecil Franklin; and her sisters, Carolyn and Erma Franklin. In a Twitter message late Friday, Del Rey said she is delaying "until a time when I can schedule visits for both my Israeli and Palestinian fans".

Among those to perform during the ceremony was Ariana Grande, who was invited to perform after impressing Franklin's family with her tribute on Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show in the wake of the singer's death on August 16.

The cause of death was confirmed to be advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type.

Franklin was expected to make her final journey in the same ivory 1940 Cadillac LaSalle used at the funerals of her father and of civil rights icon Rosa Parks.

"Everybody just point over there and tell her, "We got your back!'" said Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, pastor of Greater Grace Temple, which the audience shouted in Waters" direction.

One wrote: "I'm sorry you had to do through something uncomfortable like that!" "I know you'll be watching me from the windows of heaven..." Franklin sang for Nelson Mandela in Detroit after he was released from prison. "She worked for us".

The forecourt fell silent as former president Bill Clinton began to speak.

"Really gonna miss you, really gonna be different without you", he sang.

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