Aretha Franklin‘s funeral will be live streamed and broadcast on US TV, it has been confirmed.
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The soul icon died on August 16 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 76 years old.
The ceremony where Franklin will be laid to rest will be a private one, with only invited guests permitted to attend. It will take place in Detroit on Friday (August 31) and will feature performances from Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Chaka Khan, and more.
However, fans wishing to witness the service will be able to watch on a live stream from the Associated Press, while CNN and Fox News will broadcast parts of the funeral on their respective channels.
Ahead of Franklin’s funeral, fans are invited to pay their respects at a public, open casket viewing at Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History today and tomorrow (August 28-29).
Confirming the news of her death earlier this month, Franklin’s family said in a statement: “We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.”
Madonna was criticised for her speech at the MTV VMAs days later (August 20), however, after viewers felt she made it “all about her.” The singer later defending herself, saying: “I did not intend to do a tribute to her!
“That would be impossible in 2 minutes with all the noise and tinsel of an award show. I could never do her justice in this context or environment. Unfortunately most people have short attention spans, and are so quick to judge. I love Aretha! R.E.S.P.E.C.T.”