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Late Singer Betty Wright Had Been Laid to Rest in Miami with 'Superstar-Worthy' Funeral

Claudine Varela
May 25, 2020
04:40 A.M.
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Betty Wright's funeral service saw pallbearers wearing masks with her photo printed on them and her coffin on a glass carriage pulled by white horses.

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Betty Wright was laid to rest in Miami with a funeral "fit for a superstar," according to news outlet, Local10 which live-streamed the service online.

Betty Wright at the GRAMMY U Conference in  April 2018. | Photo: Getty Images

Betty Wright at the GRAMMY U Conference in April 2018. | Photo: Getty Images

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Wright, who died on Mother’s Day was honored with a special funeral on Saturday at the Bethel Apostolic Church in spite of the restrictions posed by the pandemic.

The news of Wright's death brought on a wave of tributes for the Grammy-winning singer whose "whistle register" inspired Mariah Carey and Ariana Grande's.

Guests which included Congresswoman Frederica Wilson came in masks to witness Wright’s final journey that saw pallbearers wearing black masks with the late singer’s photo and the words "The Life of a Legend" printed on them.

Betty Wright singing on stage in January 1960. | Photo: Getty Images

Betty Wright singing on stage in January 1960. | Photo: Getty Images

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The three-hour service attended by Wright’s family and close friends was filled with songs and reflections honoring her. Among those who offered a song was Joss Stone whose album, "The Soul Sessions' was produced by Wright.

Stone delivered a beautiful rendition of “Amazing Grace.” During her tribute, she remembered Wright for her generosity.

“She was so giving, I always wondered, if someone gives that much can they run out?”

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Miami New Times columnist Luther Campbell also prepared a eulogy for the late R&B hitmaker. “If it wasn’t for her, there would be no me,” he said.

At the end of the service, Wright’s coffin was whisked away in a glass carriage pulled by white horses. It was the perfect exit for an exceptional star.

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Wright died of cancer at the age of 66. Her family revealed the news on May 10, barely a week after her friend, Chaka Khan asked for prayers for her.

The news of Wright's death brought on a wave of tributes for the Grammy-winning singer whose "whistle register" inspired Mariah Carey and Ariana Grande's. As a writer and producer, she was also responsible for some of the hits of Stone, Bob Marley, and Gloria Estefan.

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The latter was unable to attend Wright's funeral but spoke fondly about her in an interview with the Miami Herald. According to the Miami-based singer, her song, "Coming Out of the Dark" wouldn't have turned out the way it did without Wright's soulful influence.

Crooner John Legend was among those who mourned her loss. "Always engaged, always relevant," he tweeted in part. Meanwhile, rapper Snoop Dogg was grateful to Wright for her fellowship and mentorship.

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