LeBron to sit front row at Aretha Franklin's funeral

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The funeral comes after several days of public viewings for the singer, which began with two days at Detroit's Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History that attracted thousands of fans and mourners from around the country. There was also gold material draped inside her "Queen of Soul"-inscribed casket, with an arrangement of blush pink and purple flowers lining the altar".

A final goodbye to the world as the late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin goes home on Friday, August 31.

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Page Six reports the reigning diva will receive new outfits for a third viewing on Thursday. The formal part of the service is to begin at 1400 GMT (10 am local time) in her MI hometown. "I think it's going to be a very jubilant experience".

After the service, she will make her final journey in the same ivory 1940 Cadillac LaSalle that transported the body of her father in 1984, and that of civil rights icon Rosa Parks in 2005. The tribute is a nod to Franklin's funky '80s tune, "Freeway of Love", which prominently featured the vehicle in the lyrics and video.

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- Organizers of Aretha Franklin's funeral insist it will be a service, not a show. This is a real life that has been lived, that a person regardless of how famous she became no matter how many people she touched around the world, she still could not escape death. She is said to have had a costume change each day, having started the week in a red dress and yesterday being seen in blue.

"I think she's wonderful and I know that the spirit of God that's in her is what brought all of us here".

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