Aretha Franklin dressed in gold for final outfit

Detroit tribute concert celebrates Aretha Franklin

The music icon died from advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type on August 16 at age 76.

Music was in abundance, of course. Her voice, sweeter than honey, became the soundtrack of a tumultuous time in American history when African Americans, women and other marginalized communities were fighting for equality and justice.

The service also included the reading of condolences from former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, both of whom did not attend.

Sharpton received loud cheers when he criticized President Donald Trump for saying that the singer "worked for" him as he responded to her death.

"Other highlights of the service included pop superstar Ariana Grande serenading the audience with a version of the Franklin hit, "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman".

Gospel music was the backbone, and the heart, of Aretha Franklin's homegoing service.

As her four sons and other family members move on from Friday's funeral in Detroit, they're left with the potentially tall task of finding out how many millions she was worth, and divvying it up, a process that could take years and is likely to play out in public. "She performed for you", Sharpton said of Franklin, who had sung at Trump-owned venues.

Kenneth Abdo, an attorney who specializes in probate law and has worked on the estate of Prince, who also died without a will, says the IRS will conduct an audit of her holdings.

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Gladys Knight segued from "You'll Never Walk Alone" to "Bridge Over Troubled Water". "She gave the best, she expected the best and she would want her fans to have the best". Over decades, she increased her musical reach to wider forms of expression but stayed true to her beginnings.

Newsbeat has contacted representatives of Ariana Grande for comment.

Many noted her longtime commitment to civil rights and lasting concern for the poor. She entertained for presidents, royalty and eulogized fallen icons such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Her friend Greg Mathis, the award-winning reality show host and retired MI judge, recalled his last conversation with her. Gwendolyn Quinn, Franklin's representative, said the cause was pancreatic cancer.

In Detroit, celebrities sat alongside anonymous mourners Friday in joyous remembrance of Aretha Franklin, a funeral that brought together the black church, gospel music, civil rights activism and Detroit civic pride. It is the fourth outfit she has worn during a week of events leading up to her funeral.

After the funeral, Franklin's body will be transported in the same hearse that carried Parks and will be laid to rest at the same cemetery as Parks. Pink Cadillacs filled the street outside the church, a reference to a Franklin hit from the 1980s, "Freeway of Love".

Family members, among them granddaughter Victorie Franklin and niece Cristal Franklin, spoke with awe and affection as they remembered a world-famous performer who also loved gossip and kept pictures of loved ones on her piano.

Grandson Jordan directed his remarks directly to Franklin, frequently stopping to fight back tears. She never told me, 'No, I don't want to do one.' She understood the need. "You showed the world God's love, and there's nothing more honorable".

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