Final farewell to Aretha Franklin

Final farewell to Aretha Franklin

At Aretha Franklin's funeral on Friday at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple, many of America's foremost celebrities and politicians turned out to pay their respects - including former President Bill Clinton.

Trump's apparent gaffe came on August 16, the day Franklin died from pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. The guest list included Franklin's fellow musicians, famous actors, religious leaders and politicians, including former US President Bill Clinton. Hill was backed during her performance by a gospel choir.

On Thursday, the scene shifted to New Bethel Baptist Church, which for many years was pastored by Franklin's father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin.

The epic funeral unfolded on the same day as services for Arizona Sen. John McCain's funeral on Saturday. The McCain memorial, with its reverential silence and ramrod-straight honor guard, contrasted sharply with the joyous remembrance in Detroit.

"When word went out that Ms. Franklin passed, Trump said she used to work for me".

"She lived with courage, not without fear but overcoming her fears", he said.

He remembered attending her last public performance, at Elton John's AIDS Foundation benefit in November in NY.

"It's the key to freedom!"

In the moments before Aretha Franklin's funeral, dignitaries filled Detroit's Greater Grace Temple. Franklin sang for Nelson Mandela in Detroit after he was released from prison. Clarence Franklin, the eldest, has special needs and is represented by a legal guardian. He remembered her turning up at a tribute to him in a tutu.

Music was in abundance, of course.

"I'd like to clarify that Aretha and I discussed both of us having cancer, mine was stage 1 breast cancer and hers was pancreatic", Knight's statement, issued by Schwartz on her behalf, began. "Yes she was born into a musical culture... but she also worked for years, I mean years".

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Trump hit back, saying of McCain's 5-1/2 years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam: "He was a war hero because he was captured". And with McCain's Christian faith, comes the promise of eternity to console his grieving widow, mother and children.

Gladys Knight does not have cancer.

Before the golden casket was closed at the top of a service, Franklin's body could be seen dressed in gold sequins.

Former Presidents Barack Obama, a Democrat, and George W. Bush, a Republican, spoke about the six-term senator, at his request.

Aretha Franklin sang and she inspired - and that is the gift she leaves to the world. She also owned several properties in the Detroit area with an estimated market value of about $4 million, according to the AP. "Aretha commanded respect. She deservedly received it and also made it possible for others". "And she gave us a regal bar to reach, and that's why we're all here". "Let us all stand and thank them for sharing her with us". "Because of how much we love this woman", said Stevie Wonder, who led the congregation in a rendition of his song As, which carries the refrain: "I'll be loving you always".

The Wright Museum is the second-largest black museum in the USA, and it hosted a viewing in 2005 for civil rights activist Rosa Parks.

AL SHARPTON: She was bathed in the black church. They talked about the tainted water supply in Flint.

ROBINSON: (Singing) Really going to miss you.

Thus far, however, there is no indication of discord among Franklin's family.

Among those honouring Franklin Friday are about two dozen owners of Pink Cadillacs who arrived at the church early Friday.

The mayor brought the crowd to its feet when he announced a plan to rename the popular Chene Park for Franklin.

Grandson Jordan directed his remarks directly to Franklin, frequently stopping to fight back tears. "I wonder what my friend's got on today", he joked.

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