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Pink Cadillacs filled the street early Friday outside Detroit's Greater Grace Temple, and hundreds of fans lined up as they awaited the funeral of Aretha Franklin, who was dressed in a sparkling gold dress for her final outfit.

Furthermore, Pistons great Isiah Thomas is set to speak during the service.

Meanwhile, speakers will include former president Bill Clinton, whose inauguration Aretha sang at in 1993, Smokey Robinson, Cicely Tyson, governor Rick Snyder and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. There are musical tributes planned from several artists, including Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia and Jennifer Holliday.

Franklin, 76, died August 16 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

The "Ain't No Way" singer lies in her 24-karat-gold-plated casket at Detroit's Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. Thursday night, a concert in her honor was held in downtown Detroit.

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

The singer has returned to the church where her father was once the pastor, and where she first began singing in the gospel choir, before she began her road to stardom aged 14.

The street outside Greater Grace will be lined with pink Cadillacs - a nod to Franklin's funky '80s tune, 'Freeway of Love, ' which prominently featured the auto in the lyrics and video.

Her invitation-only funeral is taking place at Greater Grace Temple, one of the largest and most famous churches in the city.

In a statement at the time, her family said: "In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart".


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