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"When word went out that Ms. Franklin passed, Trump said she used to work for me".

Scheduled remarks from former President Bill Clinton, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and the Rev. Jesse Jackson signify Franklin's political and social influence.

Franklin, loved not only for her powerful voice but her civil rights work, was dressed in a different outfit for each of three days of public viewings, visited by thousands in her MI hometown.

Aretha Franklin was laid to rest on Friday with a vibrant, almost nine-hour ceremony fit for the "Queen of Soul".

"Music was the highlight of Franklin's epic funeral - Fantasia performed gospel song "Precious Lord, Take My Hand", while Ariana Grande, clad in a short black dress, delivered the 1967 hit "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman".

Later, one of Franklin's grandchildren spoke to and of his famous grandmother.

This soprano, who had previously sung for both Franklin and President Barack Obama, blurred the lines between classical and gospel with a riveting, octave-leaping rendition of this hymn that raised the steeple off of the church.

Gladys was attending Aretha's funeral in Detroit Friday when she told WDIV about their final conversation. Not only did he sing, but he also dissed Donald Trump.

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"Long lines at the funerals of icons and short lines for voting", the Rev. Jesse Jackson said in remembrance, noting that 2016 Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, who was also in attendance, lost MI by 11,000 votes.

Bush had previously awarded Franklin the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest civilian honor - in 2009.

Obama, in a statement read by the Rev. Al Sharpton, hailed Franklin for reflecting "very best of the American story". As Ellis said, the event would take "the necessary time to honor this great woman of God".

The words were in response to Trump's comment that Franklin had "worked" for him on "numerous occasions".

Her family wanted to keep the funeral service private to those closest to Franklin - though it will be streamed and portions broadcast by major networks - but worked to provide the singer's many fans an extended opportunity to say goodbye this week, Owens said. He gave Grande a hug, letting her know she did just fine. "Her voice made you feel something".

He said he hoped to one day collaborate with her in heaven before performing As, a cut from his album Songs in the Key of Life. "Her voice brought peace".

"I'm doing better now, " Clinton replied.

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