Published: Fri, August 31, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

LeBron James to Sit Front Row at Aretha Franklin's Funeral

LeBron James to Sit Front Row at Aretha Franklin's Funeral

- Aretha Franklin is dressed in a sparkling full-length gold dress with sequined heels for her final outfit.

Other speakers include former President Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Cicely Tyson.

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.

Family and friends will gather Friday, Aug. 31, in Detroit for a star-studded funeral service for "The Queen of Soul", Aretha Franklin.

Hundreds more queued outside New Bethel Baptist Church for a third day of public viewings.

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The street outside Greater Grace will be lined with pink Cadillacs - a nod to Franklin's funky '80s tune, "Freeway of Love", which prominently featured the auto in the lyrics and video.

Her signature song, a feminist anthem, became a rallying cry as African-Americans rose up nationwide in the 1960s to fight peacefully for racial equality. The Aretha Franklin Choir and the Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir are also on the program.

Filmmaker Tyler Perry talks about his friend Aretha Franklin during a free tribute concert to the late Franklin at Chene Park in Detroit, Michigan, US.

A tribute concert, starring The Four Tops, Angie Stone and Regina Belle was also hosted on Thursday evening in her honour.

As she retrieved her bags from the vehicle, Chaka revealed that despite having been a working musician for more than 30 years, she's still nervous "as hell" to sing at Franklin's funeral.

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