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Aretha Franklin: Stars and fans say goodbye at emotional, seven-hour funeral

Aretha Franklin: Stars and fans say goodbye at emotional, seven-hour funeral

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Musicians, family, friends and fans have said a final goodbye to Aretha Franklin at her funeral in Detroit.Lasting over seven hours, the memorial was both mournful and celebratory, with the crowd breaking into a spontaneous dance of praise at one point.Focusing on Franklin's gospel roots, the service featured music from Ariana Grande and Chaka Khan, with Stevie Wonder delivering an emotional finale.Franklin died earlier this month of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76.Her final send-off involved 100 pink Cadillacs, a gold-plated coffin, three presidential tributes and eulogies by more than a dozen preachers. They remembered her not just as the Queen of Soul, but as an aunt, grandmother, friend, civi...
Love Island star's boyfriend found dead after her funeral

Love Island star's boyfriend found dead after her funeral

Entertainment
The boyfriend of Love Island star Sophie Gradon has been found dead days after her funeral. The body of 25-year-old Aaron Armstrong was discovered at a property in Blyth, Northumberland, on Tuesday afternoon.Northumbria Police - which did not name Armstrong - told Sky News there was not believed to be "any third party involvement" and a report will be prepared for the coroner.In an emotional tribute to Gradon shortly before his death, Armstrong said: "I will see u very soon my angel so keep are bed worm for me." He had also shared an image of the order of service from her funeral, writing: "I love you with all my heart my beautiful angel."I'm absolutely heartbroken, I can't stop crying and I can feel your spirit in my soul. RIP Sophie Hannah Gradon."TV personality Gradon di...
Mother of girl declared dead twice slams doctors at funeral

Mother of girl declared dead twice slams doctors at funeral

Technology
After battling for more than four years to keep a comatose daughter declared brain dead from being issued a California death certificate, Nailah Winkfield forcefully told mourners at her daughter's funeral service Friday to stop letting doctors "pull the plug on your people." The San Francisco Bay Area congregation gave Winkfield a standing ovation for fighting to keep her daughter on life support and taking on the medical establishment in the brain death debate between science and religion. A California coroner issued a death certificate in January 2014 for the then-13-year-old Jahi McMath after doctors say she died of irreversible brain damage during a routine surgery to remove her tonsils in December 2013. Winkfield refused to accept the California doctors' conclusions and took her da...
Prof Stephen Hawking funeral: Legacy 'will live forever'

Prof Stephen Hawking funeral: Legacy 'will live forever'

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceThe legacy of Prof Stephen Hawking will live forever, mourners at the theoretical physicist's funeral heard.Prof Hawking, who had motor neurone disease, died on 14 March, aged 76, at his home in Cambridge.Actor Eddie Redmayne was one of several speakers at a service at the university church, Great St Mary's.The professor's eldest son Robert, former student Prof Fay Dowker and Astronomer Royal Martin Rees also gave addresses to the congregation.As the funeral cortege arrived at the church, the bell rang out 76 times - once for each year of Prof Hawking's life.His close family, including his three children Lucy, Robert and Tim, followed behind the hearse carrying the professor's coffin.As it pulled up, the vehicle was met with applause from the hun...
Thousands gather in Cambridge for Stephen Hawking's funeral

Thousands gather in Cambridge for Stephen Hawking's funeral

World
March 31 (UPI) -- Thousands lined the streets in Cambridge Saturday to pay tribute to the great physicist Stephen Hawking.In his early twenties, the renowned British physicist was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. He died at his Cambridge home March 14 at age 76.About 500 people attended the private funeral service for Hawking at University Church of St. Mary the Great, a church near the university where he worked for more than 50 years.Hawking's expertise in astrophysics and cosmology rose to prominence in 1988 with the publication of A Brief History of Time, a book that sold more than 10 million copies in 35 languages.As people aligned the streets waiting for the funeral procession, people shared stories of how much Hawking meant to them. Several ...