PHOTOS : Aretha Franklin laid to rest As Stevie Wonder , Ariana Grande , Angie Stone and Many Others Perform At Her Tribute Concert

Aretha Franklin has been laid to rest in a funeral attended by celebrities far and wide, including Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Hudson. The ‘Queen Of Soul’ died on August 16 aged 76 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, with her funeral taking place at Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple on Friday (August 31).

Ahead of the ceremony on Friday morning, Franklin’s open casket was placed at the front of the church, with the words ‘A Celebration Fit For The Queen’ projected on the walls.

 

Franklin’s body was dressed in gold and sequinned heels, with flower bouquets from close friends Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett greeting those in attendance. Celebrities in attendance include Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and Ariana Grande while Bill Clinton, Reverend Jesse Jackson and Smokey Robinson were among the speakers paying tribute.

 

 

 

 

 

Angie Stone
Angie Stone

 

 

Aretha Franklin_s grandchildren Jordan, Gracie and Victorie 1
Aretha Franklin_s grandchildren Jordan, Gracie and Victorie 1

 

Aretha Franklin_s grandchildren Jordan, Gracie and Victorie
Aretha Franklin_s grandchildren Jordan, Gracie and Victorie

 

Jennifer Lewis
Jennifer Lewis
Lisa McCall and dancers perform on stage 1
Lisa McCall and dancers perform on stage 1
Lisa McCall and dancers perform on stage
Lisa McCall and dancers perform on stage 1

 

Louis Farrakhan
Louis Farrakhan

 

Raheem DeVaughn
Raheem DeVaughn

 

 

Rodney Mcneir
Rodney Mcneir

 

singers perform on stage
singers perform on stage

 

Tasha Page Lockhart
Tasha Page Lockhart

 

Tyler Perry
Tyler Perry

 

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#RIPAretha : Aretha Franklin’s body arrives in gold casket as singer lies in state for two days

American musician Aretha died earlier this month

 

 

After she died on 16 August, Aretha Franklin was remembered by fans on Tuesday at a service in Detroit. As her body was taken in a gold casket to prepare for its two-day stay at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on Tuesday and Wednesday, followers of the singer lined the streets. Signs, flowers and placards took up residence as six pallbearers carried the casket into the museum – the venue in Detroit chosen to reflect Aretha’s contribution to the civil rights movement.

 

Aretha Franklin will be viewed by fans and mourners

 

Her body now lies in state in an open casket, and fans can view her body before a memorial on Thursday and formal funeral on Friday – which will be attended by close friends and family only. CNN reported many waiting in line claimed a niece of Aretha’s showed up early with burgers, water and t-shirts to thank the fans who were waiting to see their idol one last time this week.

 

Aretha_s body currently lies in state as mourners pay their respects

 

Following the public viewing and memorials, Aretha will be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery and Conservancy in New York. The legend died at the age of 76 earlier this month following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

 

Til the very end, the queen still arrived in style as her gold casket was wheeled past fans

 

It’s said former President Bill Clinton will speak at Aretha’s memorial, at the Chene Park Amphitheatre, in Detroit, later this week on 30 August. Her funeral will be held the next day at Greater Grace Temple, with Stevie Wonder rumoured to be performing at the intimate gathering