Published: Sat, September 01, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

Final farewell to Aretha Franklin

Final farewell to Aretha Franklin

Franklin, 76, died August 16 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Floral arrangements from such singers as Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett and from the family of Otis Redding, whose "Respect" Franklin transformed and made her signature song, were set up in a hallway outside the sanctuary.

Thursday, a tribute concert took place nearby at Chene Park Amphitheater with The Four Tops, Gladys Knight and more performing for fans.

Watch a livestream of the funeral below. Grande, for her part, added a simple, "We love you, Aretha" before trotting off stage.

"I'm so proud of you, I know you'll be watching me from the windows of heaven and I promise to carry our family legacy with pride", said Franklin's grandson Jordan, tearing up.

Singers include Steve Wonder, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Faith Hill and Chaka Khan. "She worked for us".

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The crowd at Franklin's funeral cheered, with some people standing up. "Aretha never took orders from nobody but God".

Sharpton, one of several high-profile speakers at Franklin's funeral, said he wanted to "correct President Trump" to teach him what the word "respect" means, referring to the Queen of Soul's best known song.

American soul singer Aretha Franklin. Throughout her career, she won 18 Grammy Awards and was nominated 44 times.

Pink Cadillacs - some having been driven across the country - parked en masse outside the church, expected to follow her cortege to the cemetery where she is to be buried alongside her father and siblings. Since Franklin's death, Owens said a close group she described as "Aretha's angels" have "worked tirelessly" and have been guided by a single question: "What would Aretha want?"

The daughter of a prominent Baptist preacher and civil rights activist, she sang at the funeral of Martin Luther King Jr., as well as the inaugurations of presidents Clinton and Obama.

Barbara Sampson read a statement from former President George W. Bush, saying that Franklin would continue to inspire future generations.

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