Aretha Franklin's Funeral: Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson & More To Perform
By Paris Close
August 24, 2018
Aretha Franklin's closest friends will celebrate the Queen of Soul at her funeral.
According to a service schedule released by Detroit Free Press, Franklin's life and legacy will be commemorated with live performances by 19 of her peers and collaborators.
Among those listed to sing in her honor are Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, The Clark Sisters, Jennifer Holliday, Marvin Sapp, Jennifer Hudson, and Fantasia. Country superstar Faith Hill, who featured on Franklin's 2011 duet "A Woman Falling Out of Love," will also honor the Lady of Soul with the gift of song.
The news comes more than a week after the legendary chanteuse passed in her home while receiving hospice care August 16, surrounded by her loved ones. She was 76.
In the days before her death, it had been reported Franklin was "gravely ill" and nearing the final moments of her life, though family members shared the musician had been able to talk and laugh responsively. On August 17, a death certificate returned she had passed from pancreatic cancer.
It was revealed earlier this week that Franklin died "intestate" — without a will. Consequently, her estimated $80 million in assets will be split among her four sons.
The publication notes a viewing will be held at New Bethel Baptist Church from noon to 4 p.m. on August 30, as well as a tribute concert in the icon's memory, with performances by Gladys Knight, The Four Tops, and Johnny Gill.
Franklin's funeral transpires at 10 a.m. August 31 at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. She will be laid to rest at Detroit's Woodlawn Cemetary.
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