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Family And Friends Say Their Final Goodbyes To Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin

Today, friends and family pay their final respects to the iconic singer. We'll update this post throughout the service.
NEW YORK CITY - JUNE 28: Aretha Franklin attends Martin Luther King Jr. Benefit Concert on June 28, 1968 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage) Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage
By Sydney Scott · August 31, 2018

Friends and family are paying their final respects to Aretha Franklin.

The Queen of Soul passed away earlier this month after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 76.

Fans said their goodbyes earlier this week during a public viewing, where Franklin laid in repose, with hundreds lining up to have one last chance to pay their respects.

The official program for Franklin’s funeral outlines a six-hour event full of tributes from stars like Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson and Fantasia.

Confirmed speakers include former President Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Clive Davis. The Rev. Jasper Williams Jr., pastor of Atlanta’s Salem Baptist Church, will deliver the eulogy.

Although we’ll be live streaming the service on Facebook, feel free to keep updating this post as we’ll be covering it live throughout the day as the service continues.

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