LeBron James, Isiah Thomas to attend Franklin funeral
The NBA stars join a long list of guests who are due at the Queen of Soul's goodbye
LeBron James and former Detroit Piston Isiah Thomas have been added to the list of guests for Aretha Franklin's funeral, Franklin's publicist Gwendolyn Quinn confirmed Wednesday.
Thomas, who was friends with the Queen of Soul, is one of the scheduled speakers at the ceremony, which will unfold beginning at 10 a.m. Friday at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit.
They will join a host of speakers at the funeral, including former President Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson, Clive Davis, Tyler Perry, Rev. Al Sharpton, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and many others.
Performers at the ceremony include Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande, Faith Hill, Ron Isley, Chaka Khan, Fantasia and Jennifer Hudson.
Other performers will be: Yolanda Adams, Pastor Shirley Caesar, The Clark Sisters, Jennifer Holliday, Tasha Cobbs-Leonard, Bishop Marvin Sapp, The Williams Brothers, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, classical artist Audrey DuBois Harris, soprano Alice McAllister Tillman, Franklin’s son Edward Franklin, the Aretha Franklin Orchestra and the Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir.
Franklin, 76, died of advanced pancreatic cancer on Aug. 16 in her home in Detroit. The winner of 18 Grammy awards, she was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
A final viewing of Franklin will be noon to 4 p.m. Thursday at New Bethel Baptist Church, 8430 Linwood in Detroit. The concert -- "A People's Tribute to the Queen" -- will follow from 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Chene Park.