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Thousands turned out for Aretha Franklin's funeral at Greater Grace Temple to celebrate a superstar and her musical legacy.

Gladys said in a statement: "I'd like to clarify that Aretha and I discussed both of us having cancer, mine was stage 1 breast cancer and hers was pancreatic".

Grande - who joined a star-studded list of performers that included Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, and Jennifer Hudson - was asked to sing at the funeral after Franklin's family was moved by her emotional rendition of "Natural Woman" on The Tonight Show earlier this month.

It was a celebration - a daylong tribute, full of stories sharing how Aretha Franklin's life touched her Detroit community and the world. "I don't know I guess I put my arm around her", he added, before doubling down on the Taco Bell humor: "Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar but again, I apologize".

Sharpton received loud cheers when he criticized President Donald Trump for saying that the singer "worked for" him as he responded to her death. "Aretha never took orders from nobody but God".

Dignitaries attending Friday's service include Clive Davis, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Holliday. Franklin's father, C. L. Franklin, was a prominent minister who organized one of the largest civil rights marches in Detroit. Franklin made her first recordings at age 14 in her father's church in Detroit. Michigan Democratic House Rep. Brenda Lawrence took a moment to recognize Arizona Republican Sen.

At Sen. John McCain's memorial Saturday at the Washington National Cathedral, the senator's daughter Meghan McCain gave an emotional eulogy, mourning the passing of "American greatness".

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Later, one of Franklin's grandchildren spoke to and of his famous grandmother.

"Aretha was on the battleground for 60 years", Jackson told the audience. Long lines, he said, for "the death of the icons and short lines for voting. Something is missing. If you leave here today and don't register to vote, you're dishonoring Aretha".

Aretha Franklin is being remembered in Detroit during her funeral at Greater Grace Temple.

Franklin, long ago dubbed the Queen of Soul, died August 16 at age 76 after a long bout with pancreatic cancer. We can talk about all the things that are wrong, and there are many, but the only thing that can deliver us is love. But I know the imprint she left on this world can never be removed.

Many in the audience, including President Clinton, stood and cheered.

He went on to criticise President Trump, whose initial tribute to Franklin two weeks ago said, "she worked for me on numerous occasions". Author Michael Eric Dyson said that her advocacy and support stretched over decades.


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