Detroit hosts star-studded funeral for Aretha Franklin

S Public pays final respects to Aretha Franklin

The high-profile status of Aretha Franklin's funeral has been circling the press cycle since news first broke of her death.

Furthermore, Pistons great Isiah Thomas is set to speak during the service.

Besides performers, speakers at the funeral include former president Bill Clinton, Clive Davis, Smokey Robinson, reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, Cicely Tyson, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

The singer, known as the Queen of Soul, died earlier this month of pancreatic cancer.

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The service is scheduled to begin at 10am local time, 3pm BST.

Her casket has been carried this week by a 1940 Cadillac LaSalle hearse that also took Franklin's father, legendary minister CL Franklin, and civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks to their final resting places at Woodlawn Cemetery, where the singer will join them.

Sabrina Owens, Franklin's niece, said she started putting thoughts to paper about events earlier this year as her aunt's health failed.

Aretha Franklin's Thursday memorial tribute service is going to be starting in just a few hours, and we have the live stream here for you to watch.

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Her funeral will be held at Greater Grace Temple, with Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande said to be performing. She called the Motor City home for most of her life. "She was a full-service queen".

She influenced generations of female singers from the late Whitney Houston to Beyonce, with unforgettable hits including "Respect" (1967), "Natural Woman" (1968) and "I Say a Little Prayer" (1968).

Owens added, "It's going to be very hard after all this is over and people have all gone away". She said of the tune.

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