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The Queen of Soul will be laid to rest Friday following a funeral service in Detroit, the city she called home for most of her life.

Just more than two weeks after the world lost one the greatest singing voices ever to be heard, the opulent funeral planned to send off Aretha Franklin to her final resting place was set to be held Friday morning in the Queen of Soul's longtime hometown of Detroit.

Among those offering words will be former President Bill Clinton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Smokey Robinson.

Grande will be among entertainers Steve Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Faith Hill, Shirley Caesar, Chaka Khan and more.

Aretha passed away at the age of 76 after battling 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.

She influenced generations of female singers from the late Whitney Houston to Beyonce, with unforgettable hits including "Respect" (1967), "Natural Woman" (1968) and "I Say a Little Prayer" (1968).

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. One hundred pink Cadillacs also line the street outside.

"I think she's wonderful and I know that the spirit of God that's in her is what brought all of us here". "It's truly inspiring to see how many hearts, how many people my grandma has touched", said Victorie Franklin. But he says the focus still has to be squarely on the Queen of Soul.


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