Aretha's lack of a will could make things rocky for heirs

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"Our attractive waterfront jewel will be Aretha Franklin park and when performers from generations to come from around the world come here they will be reminded they are performing at the home of the "Queen of Soul", he said".

United States president Bill Clinton, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Sony Music's chief creative officer Clive Davis will be among the speakers.

"She gave us pride".

"We don't all agree on everything", he said. "Aretha tapped into that tune, and taught us its rhythm". "This is not a concert, this is not a show, this is not an awards production". "None shall sleep. She is not here, she is risen". Barack Obama and George W. Bush sent letters that were read aloud to the congregation. "The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins knew no bounds".

Jackson praised Franklin for being a civil-rights leader and used her legacy as a way to encourage people to get out and vote.

Gospel music was the backbone, and the heart, of Aretha Franklin's homegoing service. She sang for presidents and former ones.

It was a celebration befitting a queen. "I don't know I guess I put my arm around her", Ellis said.

"Walk in the light", the singers proclaimed as the casket lid was lowered, "the lovely light". This book was neither approved by Aretha Franklin nor did she cooperate for the book. She gave us a regal bar to reach.

For Franklin's family, the loss was much more intimate.

"Ellis III led Franklin's funeral and awkwardly greeted Grande on stage after she performed "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman". The many stories Ritz told in this book include her very painful past which influenced her haunting voice and information about her life becoming a Mum at 12 years of age and then twice a mum at 15.

Ellis' touching of Grande overshadowed some criticism earlier in the ceremony the short dress Grande wore for her performance.

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Mourinho has vehemently defended his managerial record in the wake of the 3-0 loss to Spurs at Old Trafford on Monday evening. In that night at Wembley the United fans were singing the special one and of course they were not singing that.

"Yeah, she had the voice of a generation, maybe the voice of the century... but she also worked for years when nobody was paying particular attention".

Duggan, the Detroit mayor, took to the pulpit and said he wanted to rename the city's Chene Park after Franklin, and that he was sending a proposal to the City Council to do so.

Floral arrangements from such singers as Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett and from the family of Otis Redding were set up in a hallway outside the sanctuary.

Shirley Caesar, the famous gospel singer and another friend of Franklin's, agreed.

Robinson, the Motown great, remembered first hearing Franklin play piano when he was just 8, and he remained close to her for the rest of her life.

Some fans were admitted into the church to sit behind Franklin's family.

As the church swelled with attendees - a who's who of big names in music, sports and politics were present to pay their respects: The Clark Sisters, Ariana Grande, former basketball star Isiah Thomas and former President Bill Clinton.

Pink Cadillacs - some having been driven across the country - parked en masse outside the church, expected to follow her cortege to the cemetery where she is to be buried alongside her father.

Some heirs, like Franklin's son Clarence, may need more than others, and that can be a hard and touchy decision for a parent, Zwicker said. Aretha Franklin made the song her oyster and drove us all to tears. Although she suffered personal hardships, sorrows and tragedies, Aretha remained one of America's iconic gifts to the world. [.] The last thing I want to do is to be a distraction to this day. So the world is celebrating you.

SMOKEY ROBINSON: (Singing) I'll miss you, my buddy.

CNN's Lisa Respers France reported and wrote from Detroit, and Dakin Andone reported and wrote from Atlanta.

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