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Aretha Franklin: Funeral Date set for 31st August at Detroit

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Aretha Franklin’s funeral will take place on 31 August in her home town of Detroit, Michigan.
The late singer’s publicist confirmed the service will take place at the Greater Grace Temple and will be attended by family and friends.
The 76-year-old died of pancreatic cancer on Thursday and will be buried at Detroit’s Woodlawn cemetery.
A memorial service was held at the New Bethel Baptist Church on Sunday, where Franklin first started singing.
The Detroit church was also where Franklin’s father was a minister.
Those inside the church heard a tribute from the Rev Jesse Jackson, who spoke about Franklin’s life and career in music.
Her connection to the civil rights movement and Martin Luther King was remembered, along with what she did for the local community.
Outside the church a memorial was built for Franklin, with fans paying tribute by signing boards and painting a mural with the words “Rest in respect, Queen”.
She maintained her commitment to civil rights throughout her life and famously sang at President Obama’s inauguration in 2009.

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