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Aretha Franklin’s funeral to hold August 31

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Aretha Franklin’s funeral will hold on 31 August in her home town of Detroit.

The late singer’s publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, was quoted by the Associated Press as saying that the funeral at the city’s Greater Grace Temple would be limited to her family and friends.

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Franklin will be laid to rest at Woodlawn cemetery. Same cemetery where her father, the preacher Rev CL Franklin, her sisters Carolyn and Erma, her brother Cecil and nephew Thomas are also buried.

76 year old singer, Aretha Franklin, died of pancreatic cancer last Thursday.

The legend whose gospel-rooted singing and bluesy yet expansive delivery earned her the title “the Queen of Soul,” was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and announced last year she was retiring from music.

During a career that spanned seven decades, she became known for songs such as Respect, I Say A Little Prayer and Chain Of Fools.

Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and the singers Sir Elton John and Sir Paul McCartney were among those to pay tribute to Franklin.

In a joint statement, the Obamas said:

“Through her compositions and unmatched musicianship, Aretha helped define the American experience.

“In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade, our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect.”

Franklin performed at Obama’s inauguration in 2009.

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