Aretha Franklin Will Have An Open Casket Public Memorial In Detroit

Aretha Franklin

And, by the way, though her Swift comment stole the entire show, we also have to give honorable mention to what the queen said about Nicki Minaj: "Hmmm, I'm going to pass on that one". "I was stunned at the emotion, the power and sheer musical talent pouring out of this woman".

On The Late Show, Stephen Colbert recalled the 2005 Kennedy Center Honors where Aretha Franklin sang "Natural Woman" for honoree Carole King, who co-wrote the song. According to TMZ, she was too emotional to hit the stage, but Questlove convinced her she was fit for the job. Beyond her constantly played classics, like "Respect" and "Say a Little Prayer", her oft-dismissed early Columbia output is great ('One Step Ahead' is a personal favourite), as is some of her stuff from the early to mid-1970s. Franklin long denied claims that she was fighting cancer, but her health steadily declined for years.

After Trump's somewhat tone-deaf tribute, people were appreciating the heartwarming messages made by both Hilary and Bill Clinton and by former president Barack Obama who held a close friendship with Aretha.

"We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on".

"She was terrific - Aretha Franklin - on her passing".

"Franklin's official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin's oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karamonos Cancer Institute", Gwendolyn Quinn's statement read.

A memorial concert is also in the works.

It wasn't exactly, shall we say, respectful. "A great artist is gone".

"You just couldn't listen to her without it becoming a full-on celebration of life, even simple songs".

This statement was a far cry from the decades where the two women were pitted against each other. He pointed to the president's denigration this week of Omarosa Manigault Newman, formerly his top black aide at the White House, as "that dog".

Gaddis, who grew up in MS, said as a child she would listen to Franklin's music. "She was a huge Obama supporter, she thought of herself as a Democrat and she was vocal, obviously, as an activist in the civil rights movement".

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