Fans, friends and family are ready paying their final respects this week to Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul who died August 16 at 76.
The Queen of Soul will be laid to rest this Friday, Aug. 31 in Detroit, Michigan, the city where she grew up. Aretha Franklin, who died on Aug. 16 at the age of 76 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, will be honored with four days of mourning and celebration of her life and talent, culminating in the star-studded funeral on Friday morning.
The announced performers include Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Ronald Isley, Chaka Khan, Shirley Caesar, Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams, and Franklin’s son, Edward. The list of speakers includes former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, Robinson, Cicely Tyson, record industry executive Clive Davis, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and former US attorney general Eric Holder.
How to watch on TV in the US
On the day, tune in to Fox News and CNN, which plan to air portions of the ceremony. Local 4 also plans to cover the funeral live on-air.