Aretha Franklin: Stars and fans gather for funeral

Aretha Franklin: Stars and fans gather for funeral

Aretha Franklin: Stars and fans gather for funeral

More than 100 pink Cadillacs, a nod to her 1985 hit "Freeway of Love", will reportedly line up outside the church. That's a nod to her funky '80s tune of the same name that prominently featured the auto in the lyrics and video.

Family, friends and famous figures will bid farewell to the Queen of Soul Friday in Detroit. Moore's arrangement included a card that read, "You know I always adored and loved you to bits and pieces".

"There will be some laughing, some tears, some joy, some sorrow", Bishop Charles H. Ellis, III, pastor of Greater Grace Temple, who will serve as officiant for Frankin's funeral told ET earlier this week. This is not a concert, this is not a show, this is not an awards production. "It's truly inspiring to see how many hearts, how many people my grandma has touched", said Victorie Franklin.

Another performer, gospel artist Marvin Sapp, expects "an eye-opening experience". "We really celebrate because we really recognize that those we call the dearly departed, they wouldn't want for us to cry and be sad and sorrowful".

Also slated to perform are Ron Isley, Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, Jennifer Holliday and Aretha Franklin's son, Edward Franklin.

The daughter of a prominent Baptist preacher and civil rights activist, Franklin sang at the funeral of Martin Luther King Jr, as well as the inaugurations of presidents Clinton and Barack Obama. "We were just cool all of our lives, and we stayed in contact, and we talked all the time up until she was no longer able to do that a few weeks ago", Robinson said on CNN.

The funeral for the "Queen of Soul", who died earlier this month at the age of 76 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, will take place at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple.

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