Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Aretha Franklin's casket arrives ahead of funeral

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Angelica Greene | 31 August, 2018, 17:16

The 76-year-old singer, beloved by millions around the world, died of cancer on August 16, closing the curtain on a glittering six-decade career that made her one of America's most celebrated artists.

Her invitation-only funeral is taking place at Greater Grace Temple, one of the largest and most famous churches in the city.

Coverage begins at 9 a.m. on Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit.

Other acts include Faith Hill, who will sing "What a Friend We Have in Jesus", Stevie Wonder's rendition of "The Lords Prayer", and Fantasia Barrino, who will perform "Precious Lord".

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.

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Bishop Ellis said the service "may well exceed five hours". That's a nod to her funky '80s tune of the same name that prominently featured the vehicle in the lyrics and video.

For Thursday's viewing at New Bethel Baptist Church, Franklin laid in repose in a lacy, rose gold gown by St. John's, styled with a pair of gold Christian Louboutin heels, while her gospel music played in the background.

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

"Aretha Franklin is awesome to me".

"I think she's wonderful and I know that the spirit of God that's in her is what brought all of us here". A new generation of singers like Grande who are inspired by the late Queen of Soul is just the beginning.

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