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Aretha Franklin funeral live stream Queen of Soul is being laid to rest today

Aretha Franklin performs in concert at Radio City Music Hall on February 18, 2012, in NY.

"Remember your family, and friends that have been with you for years", Aretha's friend Ron Moten told her sons during the funeral on Friday. "She was about transforming the existence of black America". Her music, he said, "captured some of our deepest human desires, namely affection and respect".

Bishop Ellis and Franklin's pastor, the Rev. Robert Smith Jr., led a solemn procession of the casket inside the church.

Franklin's contribution to the civil rights movement - both spiritual and financial - was honoured by Rev. Al Sharpton, who said: "She represented the best in our community and she fought for our community until the end". And then came Aretha.

"She gave us pride and she gave us a regal bar to reach". On Thursday night, a sold-out tribute concert was held at Detroit's Chene Park Detroit Amphitheatre.

According to TMZ, Gladys had discussed it with the legendary singer the last time they spoke to each other. "I just loved her".

"I would imagine she probably felt she was entitled to more, but probably received more than a lot of artists from the time, especially African-American artists", Wilson says. Ushers roamed the aisles with boxes of tissues. The author depended on his trove of interviews with other stars he had interviewed and had interviews with her sisters and cousins and her former managers. In pointing out the long lines to pay tribute to Franklin this week, the Rev. Jesse Jackson lamented that the lines to vote often aren't almost as long.

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

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The cause of death was confirmed to be advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type.

As Mr Clinton sat behind her smiling, Grande, 25, sang a powerful version of Franklin's 1967 hit (You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman. Watching Aretha perform it and drive Obama to tears in a you tube video and watching King in the stands completely lose it as the song she sang is delivered with such greatness by Aretha King is what mesmerizing videos are made of.

One of the most poignant moments came from singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson. First published earlier in the year, Aretha is quoted famously in this book "Being the queen is not all about singing and being a diva is not all about singing..." He said he wasn't expecting to say goodbye.

One wrote: "I'm sorry you had to do through something uncomfortable like that!" "She said, 'You know how I am with my bank account!"

Aretha Franklin had a voice that stirred the soul and changed popular music forever. Today, she will be buried with all the pomp and splendor one would expect for a royal funeral.

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The Queen of Soul's final outfit was a sparkling full-length gold dress with sequined heels - the fourth outfit she had been dressed in during a week of events in the run up to her funeral. And as NPR's Anastasia Tsioulcas reports, the undercurrent to it all was music.

Actress Cicely Tyson reworked the Paul Laurence Dunbar poem "When Malindy Sings" to "When Aretha Sings". Walk in the light.

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