Aretha Franklin's hearse is a 1940 LaSalle

Toby Graves
August 31, 2018

An all-star lineup that includes Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Shirley Caesar and many more will perform at Aretha Franklin's funeral next week.

She added that Franklin, who died on August 16 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76, also was "so unapologetically black - she was so proud of being a black woman".

Aretha Franklin's casket is to lie in repose at her father's church on Thursday ahead of a tribute concert in her hometown Detroit and what will be a "jubilant" star-studded funeral on Friday.

The traditional service saluted Franklin with words, scripture and songs.

"She never forgot from which she came", Penn said.

"Today was my day off, so I said, 'You've got to come, '" Kidd said. She downplayed the singer's multiple outfits, calling them "just natural changes in wardrobe that a queen would make".

"Last week we lost an irreplaceable force", she told fans, according to outlets.

As fans flock to her viewing - others are preparing for Friday's celebration of Franklin's life. Aretha Franklin might've moved to the outskirts once or twice, but she stayed here till her dying day.

"After all she gave to the world, I felt we needed to give her an appropriate send-off that would match her legacy", she said.

"I was so stunned when we took the body out of the hearse, people all over the crowd were tearful and saying, 'I love you Aretha,"' Mr Swanson said.

Quinn says Franklin felt that her encounter with the "God is a woman" singer was pleasant at the time. If there's one thing Aretha taught us, it was to be original.

"I met her a few times".

Swift asked for a moment of silence, "so every single one of us could reflect on our love and respect for her". The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer looked Tuesday as if she was preparing for one more performance.

O'Neil Swanson II of the Swanson Funeral Home handed out memorial cards Tuesday to those waiting to view Franklin's body.

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