Aretha Franklin's Celebration Of Life Service To Air On The Word Network

The death of Aretha Franklin, legend in many arenas hit hard as millions around the world mourned the Queen of Soul.  Franklin, who passed at age 76, career spanning multiple eras. Having sung at Martin Luther King Jr.'s funeral and President Barack Obama's inauguration, Aretha Franklin's significance not only in music but in history stands strong. 

While her death did not come unexpectedly to many. News outlets reported on her condition in the days prior, yet the preparation did not cushion the blow.  Fans and friends alike remembered and celebrated the brilliance of Aretha Franklin and now, those final goodbyes will be televised. 

The Word Network, largest African American religious network in the world, will air the celebration of life service for Aretha Franklin in its entirety.

"We are very appreciative to receive the support of The Word Network in ensuring that the ENTIRE Celebration Of Life Service for Ms. Aretha Franklin will be aired uninterrupted.  The Word Network will  provide live feed to all other networks and broadcast carriers with approval from the Franklin family," stated Bishop Charles Ellis III of Greater Grace Temple.

The Celebration Of Life Service will also air on television network Bounce and stream on Black content oriented platform Brown Sugar.

Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, Jennifer Hudson and Fantasia, are all set to perform during Aretha Franklin's funeral service, reports the Detroit Free Press.

The service will begin at 10:00am EST. on Friday, August 31st, with coverage beginning at 9:00am EST.