Video of Aretha Franklin's last public performance surfaces

31 August, 2018, 07:44 | Author: Christina Harvey
  • R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Fans pay their last to Aretha Franklin

An all-star lineup that includes Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Shirley Caesar and many more will perform at Aretha Franklin's funeral next week.

On Friday, there will be an invitation-only funeral at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple for Franklin, who died on Aug 16 at 76.

A public viewing will be held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James will be just one of the high-profile celebrities in attendance at Aretha Franklin's funeral this week, her publicist Gwendolyn Quinn confirmed to the Detroit Press.

The traditional service saluted Franklin with words, scripture and songs.

This week, her hometown is showing the world, they'll never forget her.

"She meant everything to Detroit, I'm telling you", said Gail Ford, 53.




"That's the strength of the bond we have, making sure as black women we support each other", Smith said.

But the viewings on Tuesday and Wednesday were for her fans who started lining up late Monday.

Married and divorced twice, and the mother of four, she will be buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit, alongside her father and siblings. Franklin is seen in a shiny, gold Promethean casket clad in a red lace dress with custom red stilettos by Christian Louboutin.

When the moment passed, Swift said: "We love you, Aretha". She's an iconic personality in this city and the entire nation.

"I think it's going to be a time of sadness, a time of joy, a time of laughter, there's going to be some dancing", he told AFP.

Swift, who was once overwhelmed by Franklin singing a soulful "Happy Birthday" to her, appeared determined to make sure that the memory of the diva took center stage during her concert.

As they approached the casket and heaping displays of roses, many people smiled, cried, crossed themselves, bowed their heads or blew kisses. After asking for the lights to go out, Swift said, "We love you Aretha".

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