According to TMZ, the church is expecting approximately 1,000 invitation-only guests to fill the building to capacity. Sources say loved ones from all over the country are flying in to see the Queen of Disco be laid to rest, but there is no word if any of her famous friends will be attending.
The family is reportedly adamant about keeping the service from being a media spectacle.
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“The overwhelming outreach from the media, fans and friends alike has been most truly appreciated,” publicist Brian Edwards told ESSENCE.com. “Thank you for your continuing to respect the family’s privacy during their time of loss.”
Summer, 63, died May 17 of lung cancer in Naples, Fla. Edwards said the singer did not smoke.