Bill Clinton to speak at Aretha Franklin’s funeral
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Former President Clinton will be among the speakers at Aretha Franklin’s funeral next week in Detroit.

Clinton will be joining a number of high-profile speakers at the funeral, including Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R), former U.S. Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderNoisy democracy, or rude people behaving like children? Georgia gubernatorial candidate calls Holder comments on kicking Republicans ‘hyperbole’ Sanders weighs in on aggressiveness of Democratic protests: 'I am not a great fan of being rude or disrupting activities' MORE and Motown star Smokey Robinson, according to the Detroit Free Press.

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Franklin and Clinton were known to be close. The Queen of Soul performed at both of Clinton’s inaugurations, and the former president awarded her the National Medal of Arts and Humanities in 1999. 

Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Hudson, among others, will perform at the funeral next week.

Franklin died Aug. 16 of advanced pancreatic cancer. She was 76 years old.