Stars and fans say goodbye to Aretha

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

Franklin's gold-plated casket was escorted out of the church at 6:45 pm, a simple posy of roses on top, almost eight hours after the service officially began at 11:00am.

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Victorie Franklin took the stage to praise her "fierce" grandmother.

Franklin's funeral service was invite-only, but the first 1,000 fans were allowed in for the historic event.

"She ain't work for you", Dyson shouted over applause.

Greater Grace Temple has been the scene of the funerals of several prominent Detroiters, including civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, former Detroit Mayor Coleman Young, and several Detroit police officers killed in the line of duty.

"Nothing sounded better to me than the way my grandma sings", she said. In 2011, Hill and Franklin recorded an unreleased duet together, which was originally set to appear on Franklin's album A Woman Falling Out of Love, according to the Detroit Free Press. On Thursday night, a sold-out tribute concert was held at Detroit's Chene Park Detroit Amphitheatre. Today, she will be buried with all the pomp and splendor one would expect for a royal funeral. She played a genuine role in my life similar to how my Grandmother was very dear to me.

Her coffin is to be entombed in Detroit's Woodlawn Cemetery near the remains of her father; her brother, Cecil Franklin; and her sisters, Carolyn and Erma Franklin.

Gladys Knight has reportedly revealed she has cancer in an interview at Aretha Franklin's funeral.

Both Clintons were longtime fans of Franklin's - and the former President had invited her to perform many times during his tenure in the White House.

As for why some clients don't make out a will, Laura Zwicker, an attorney who specializes in estate planning but is not affiliated with the Franklin estate, says she sees it happen all too often. A great name in the music industry, Arethas's accomplishments made her stand out among the crowds.

The funeral for Aretha Franklin in Detroit on Friday also briefly became an impromptu forum on the Black Lives Matter movement and other issues critical to the African American community. "She said, 'You know how I am with my bank account!"

Sharpton read a letter from former President Barack Obama, who honored Franklin's legacy and her impact on the country.

ARETHA FRANKLIN ORCHESTRA: (Singing) Walk in the light. She entertained for presidents, royalty and eulogized fallen icons such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

TSIOULCAS: Robinson sang "Really Gonna Miss You" cappella, his voice sweetly piping out alone across the hushed church.

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