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LeBron to sit front row at Aretha Franklin's funeral

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Michele Schwartz | 31 August, 2018, 16:54

Former president Bill Clinton and Smokey Robinson are among those due to address her six-hour, invitation-only funeral at the Greater Grace Temple. She wore a baby blue dress on Wednesday and a rose gold gown for a viewing Thursday at the Detroit church where her father was the longtime pastor.

Franklin, known as the "Queen of Soul", died August 16 at the age of 76 at her home in Detroit after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

The Queen of Soul will be laid to rest Friday following a funeral service in Detroit, the city she called home for most of her life.

The lineup of performers will include Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Hudson, who both sang at Michael Jackson's funeral in 2009, along with Chaka Khan, Ariana Grande, Faith Hill, Ronald Isley, Yolanda Adams, Jennifer Holliday, Fantasia, a number of gospel singers and Franklin's son Edward. The tribute is a nod to Franklin's funky '80s tune, "Freeway of Love", which prominently featured the vehicle in the lyrics and video.

Her grandchildren spoke briefly, delivering heartfelt thanks on behalf of their family.

Filmmaker Tyler Perry talks about his friend Aretha Franklin during a free tribute concert to the late Franklin at Chene Park in Detroit, Michigan, US.

Aretha Franklin has been moved to the Bethel Baptist Church for the final day of the public viewing in Detroit - the church where she first began singing. Woodlawn also is the final resting place for Parks and numerous Motor City's musical elite, including members of the Four Tops.

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