Dionne Warwick, Alicia Keys, Bette Midler and Diana Ross will be among the stars saying a fond farewell to soul legend Luther Vandross today (08JUL05) as the singer is remembered at a memorial service in New York.

Hundreds of fans and friends paid their last respects to the DANCE WITH MY FATHER hitmaker earlier this week (06-07JUL05) as the singer's body lay in a golden casket at Manhattan's Frank E Campbell Funeral Home - but today will be his big send-off.

Best friends Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and CISSY HOUSTON are expected to pay a musical tribute to the legendary songman at the funeral ceremony at Riverside Church, which is set to bring Manhattan to a standstill.

Warwick and Patti Labelle are expected to speak at the memorial service.

Vandross died last Friday (01JUL05) at the age of 54.

08/07/2005 11:33