Watch Faith Hill Perform at Aretha Franklin's Funeral

Watch Faith Hill Perform at Aretha Franklin's Funeral

Bush's statement, read by Franklin friend Barbara Sampson, called Franklin "a woman of achievement with a deep character and a loving heart" who made "lasting contributions to American music with her gospel-inspired style and distinctive voice".

"It's the key to freedom", Clinton said.

'The Lord tells us where we are going and tells us when we are coming, ' Knight said.

Franklin won 18 Grammy awards and was feted for her civil rights work, raising money for the cause and inspiring activists with her anthems.

Family, friends, celebrities, politicians and more all got together at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, Michigan today to honour Aretha Franklin who passed away on August 16th.

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Former preisdent Bill Clinton memorialized Aretha Franklin as a woman with "breathtaking talent" who kept on charming audiences despite her illness.

Her family wanted to keep the funeral service private to those closest to Franklin - though it will be streamed and portions broadcast by major networks - but worked to provide the singer's many fans an extended opportunity to say goodbye this week, Owens said. "She worked for us". He ended by playing her song "Think" on his phone. On the show, Grande recounted her memories of meeting Franklin, saying, "I met her a few times". For three days she lay in a golden, open-casket, wearing a different outfit each day - red on Tuesday, blue on Wednesday, rose gold on Thursday and a golden sparkling dress for her funeral on Friday.

A processional of Franklin's family and other loved ones filled the aisles of the Greater Grace Temple. Mourners have visited the legendary singer at several public viewings this week, including at a Detroit church where her father was a pastor.

Many high-profile figures did attend Franklin's funeral, including musicians Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder, and Hillary and Bill Clinton.

Her career spanned decades and she performed for presidents, royals, and the biggest names around the world. Her oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute, said the 76-year-old singer's official cause of death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type.

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