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01 September 2018, 01:18 | Ivan Casey
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Franklin's body arrived, in a 1940 Cadillac LaSalle hearse, more than two hours before the service was scheduled to start. Gwendolyn Quinn, a Franklin family spokeswoman, told the Free Press of Grande, "Aretha was fond of her".
Her coffin is to be entombed on Friday in Detroit's Woodlawn Cemetery near the remains of her father; her brother, Cecil Franklin; and her sisters, Carolyn and Erma Franklin.
He continued, " While the music she made captured some of our deepest human desires, namely affection and respect, and through her voice, her own voice, Aretha lifted those of millions, empowering and inspiring the vulnerable, the downtrodden, and everyone who may have just needed a little love". For three days she lay in a golden, open-casket, wearing a different outfit each day - red on Tuesday, blue on Wednesday, rose gold on Thursday and a golden sparkling dress for her funeral on Friday.
This is a real life that has been lived, that a person regardless of how famous she became no matter how many people she touched around the world, she still could not escape death.
Civil rights leaders Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton were onstage to honor Franklin's contributions to the 1960s civil rights movement.
Clinton said he walked into the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on W. 110th Street and was surprised that Franklin summoned him to meet with her privately and talk a bit before the festivities. "She's given us all so much to be proud of". Clinton reminisced about how he and Hillary were early fans of Aretha's, and how they maintained a friendship until her death earlier this month. (Franklin is being buried in a gold dress.) He also described seeing Franklin perform at Elton John's AIDS Benefit a year ago, her final public show.
Ariana Grande celebrated Aretha Frankin's life and legacy on Friday (August 31) with a powerful tribute at the late singer's funeral service. The Lord tells us where we are going and tells us when we are coming.
The singer looked awkward during the exchange but laughed it off. "Girl, I gotta give you all your respect", he said before asking the crowd for another round of applause.
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