Detroit hosts star-studded funeral for Aretha Franklin

Eloise Marshall
August 31, 2018

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.

"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.

The formal part of the service is to begin at 1400 GMT (10 am local time) in her MI hometown. TMZ queried Chaka Khan to see what her thoughts were on the Trump family attended Franklin's funeral.

Rev. Al Sharpton speaks during the funeral service for Aretha Franklin at Greater Grace Temple Friday Aug. 31 2018 in Detroit. Franklin died Aug. 16 2018 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76
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People wait in line outside the New Bethel Baptist Church during a public viewing of the late singer Aretha Franklin in Detroit, Michigan, US. Thursday night, a concert in her honor was held in downtown Detroit. A pink Cadillac, as referenced in her song, "Freeway of Love", was on display outside the museum in tribute. He said they "talked all the time", the last just a couple weeks before she became too ill to speak."We saw all of our other close friends go", Robinson said. She will be buried in Woodland Cemetery alongside her father and siblings.

'There are some girls who haven't been born yet. who will be inspired by Aretha, ' he said. The Aretha Franklin Choir and the Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir are also on the program. "I love her. She was my longest friend".

Aretha's body lied in repose at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit on August 27 and 28. But he says the focus still has to be squarely on the Queen of Soul.

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