LeBron James was set to have a front-row pew for the funeral of Aretha Franklin.
King James was one of the many high-profile celebrities to attend the Friday service organized at Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple. People loved Aretha Franklin.
Isaiah Thomas, a longtime friend of Franklin, was also set to speak during the ceremony. According to sources, the ceremony was expected to run for many hours.
Former president Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Cicely Tyson were among the others to hold a speech.
Sources confirm that Thomas and Franklin first connected in the 1980s. The Pistons drafted the point guard in order to start a long tenure. The draft resulted in a pair of NBA championships.
The info of the speech of Thomas was confirmed by Gwendolyn Quinn, spokeswoman for the Franklin family.
The service also includes the performances of Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Faith Hill, Jennifer Holliday and Pastor Shirley Caesar.
The Queen of Soul died Aug. 16, at the age of 76 at her home in Detroit. Aretha Franklin died of pancreatic cancer.
LeBron James was on his More Than Athlete World Tour supported by Nike and his media company Uninterrupted. The king’s social channels confirm that LeBron went from China and then on to Amsterdam. Detroit was the next stop of his tour.
LeBron prides himself in his off-court pursuits. Music plays an important role in his life. We could see this in LeBron’s frequent Instagram story sing-along-sessions. The king also earned himself the nickname A-R Bron after checking up on the albums for several artists before the official release. Kendrick Lamar was one of them. Getting more involved in the music industry may be LeBron’s next move, and he will definitely do a good job there, too. He’s an excellent basketball player and producer. Nothing stops him from becoming a music star.