Final farewell to Aretha Franklin

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LeBron James will one of the many celebrities in attendance for Aretha Franklin's funeral.

The Queen of Soul died at the age of 76 earlier this month following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Franklin's body arrived, in a 1940 Cadillac LaSalle hearse, more than two hours before the service was scheduled to start.

Outside the church lobby, floral arrangements from some of Franklin's best-known friends, including Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand and Diana Ross greeted attendees.

Aretha Franklin is dressed in a sparkling full-length gold dress with sequined heels for her final outfit. Songs will be offered by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson.

Speakers include Bill Clinton, Reverend Al Sharpton, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Tyler Perry, Cicely Tyson, Clive Davis, and Smokey Robinson. She stood on the frontline of the civil rights movement, where her music served as a frequent anthem.

Organizers of Aretha Franklin's funeral insist today will be a "spiritual" and not a "concert, show or awards production".

Greater Grace Temple is calling on people with pink Cadillacs to line up before the funeral in an effort to create a "Freeway of Love" in tribute to Franklin.

"We knew we wanted to have certain gospel artists like The Williams Brothers and Pastor Shirley Caesar", Owens said.

CNN, MSNBC and Fox News will televise Aretha Franklin's homegoing service. She called the Motor City home for most of her life.

'There are some girls who haven't been born yet. who will be inspired by Aretha, ' he said. She said of the tune.

Owens said Franklin loved fiercely and served as their family's matriarch.

"After all she gave to the world, I felt we needed to give her an appropriate send-off that would match her legacy", Owens said.

Those who line the route get a special perk: The driver of the Caddy and one extra person will be admitted to the funeral.

Owens added, "It's going to be very hard after all this is over and people have all gone away".

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