Aretha Franklin's funeral fit for a queen

Aretha Franklin Clinton inauguration

Former president Bill Clinton paid tribute to Aretha Franklin during her star-studded funeral Friday at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple.

The singer died at her home in Detroit, Michigan, at the age of 76 after suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer.

Mayor Mike Duggan announced during the service Friday that the city would rename the riverfront amphitheatre Chene Park to "Aretha Franklin Park".

Gladys Knight has revealed she is suffering from "the same disease" as the late Aretha Franklin.

Robinson said he will just make it "personal", since he remained close with Franklin until the end.

"This woman got us all in these seats here today not because she had this breathtaking talent, which she did... but because she lived with courage - not without fear, but overcoming her fears". Former President Bill Clinton, former Attorney General Eric Holder and the Rev. Jesse Jackson were among the list of notable speakers during the six and one-half hour long service.


The Band of the Welsh Guards, dressed in bright scarlet tunics and tall bearskin hats, belted out an upbeat, brassy rendition of Franklin's 1967 hit in the courtyard of the palace, before the usual August throng of tourists.

She was carried in a gleaning casket plated in 24-karat gold. "We really celebrate because we really recognize that those we call the dearly departed, they wouldn't want for us to cry and be sad and sorrowful". He spoke of the good times they had together, how much he admired her soul and philanthropy - and even played "RESPECT" on his phone held up to a mic.

"We started out not as a president, a first lady, a senator, a secretary of State", Clinton said at a funeral service in Detroit for the performer known as the "Queen of Soul". The Lord tells us where we are going and tells us when we are coming.

'We all have our days, ' the 74-year-old said.

Clinton said that before he and his wife were famous politicians, they were simply an "Aretha groupies".

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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