Aretha's lack of a will could make things rocky for heirs | Celebrities

Aretha's lack of a will could make things rocky for heirs | Celebrities

Aretha's lack of a will could make things rocky for heirs | Celebrities

Franklin was honored with a star-studded Celebration of Life at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple, two weeks after her death on August 16.

Projected on the walls were the words "A Celebration Fit for the Queen".

The former "American Idol" victor kicked off her shoes before singing a thrilling rendition of Aretha Franklin's "Precious Lord, Take My Hand/You've Got a Friend", backed by a choir at the Queen of Soul's funeral on Friday.

Bishop Charles Ellis III of Greater Grace knows well of the boldface guest list and surrounding pomp and circumstance, but he has a higher mission in mind for the service that may well exceed five hours.

CORLEY: There was a who's who with big names in music, sports and politics - The Clark Sisters, Ariana Grande, former basketball star Isiah Thomas and former President Bill Clinton.

Bill Clinton described himself as an Aretha Franklin "groupie", saying he had loved her since college. Today, she will be buried with all the pomp and splendor one would expect for a royal funeral.

Late Friday, Franklin was laid to rest in a mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery, the final resting place of her father. There was a sense of history in the room as speakers recognized the woman with the legendary voice for a life full of singing and activism - like the time she traveled with singer Harry Belafonte to raise money for Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement.

"Remember your family, and friends that have been with you for years because you are about to meet a lot of people who will now want to be your new best friend". She even went personally to the downtown post office. "She performed for you", Sharpton said of Franklin, who had sung at Trump-owned venues. Not without weakness, but overcoming her weaknesses.

"I do not plan anything (with) someone I love like that", Robinson, a Motown great who grew up with Franklin, told The Associated Press.

Early in the ceremony, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced his intention to propose naming Chene Park, a 5,000-seat waterfront amphitheater, after Franklin, a move that drew huge cheers from those in attendance. 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. The missing voice was Aretha Franklin's.

"Other highlights of the service included pop superstar Ariana Grande serenading the audience with a version of the Franklin hit, "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman".

Hudson brought mourners to their feet with a powerful rendition of "Amazing Grace".

Detroit native Wonder closed the long program by starting with a harmonica instrumental on The Lord's Prayer before speaking.

Jenifer Lewis, The Four Tops, Gladys Knight, Johnny Gill, and Ron Isley, among others, performed at Franklin's memorial service.

"I know you're celebrating with your family and our neighborhood friends who are all gone".

"Really gonna miss you, really gonna be different without you", he sang.

One wrote: "I'm sorry you had to do through something uncomfortable like that!"

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