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Fans line up to view Aretha Franklin's body in Detroit

Fans line up to view Aretha Franklin's body in Detroit

By 8 a.m., as many as 200 people were lined up outside.

Many of those in line are from Detroit, but others traveled from as far as Las Vegas and Miami.

The body of the iconic soul singer, who died August 16 of cancer at age 76, has arrived in Detroit for an open-casket public viewing.

Fans queued en masse Tuesday to pay their respects to legendary USA singer and "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin, whose body lay in a golden casket dressed in a ruffled red dress and matching heels in Detroit.

Detroit native LaTonya Edwards, 40, brought her 14-year-old son, Lamon.

"I got chills", said Pat Turner, 56, of Alexandria, Va., when she saw the auto pull up with the casket inside.

He said he had heard rumblings three years earlier that she was sick, but she was believed to have gotten better.

"[Older family members] would listen to her music", he said.

"I was blessed to see her twice", she said.

Tiffany Dorsey wore a t-shirt with Franklin's face on the front and "RIP Auntie Reatha Queen on Soul" written on the back. She said she couldn't miss today's services.

Owens stressed that the viewing and other events could not happen without a group she calls "Aretha's angels". "She would give gifts to people and do things for them and a lot of times people didn't even know it was her".

Fans are lining up to pay tribute to the late legend Aretha Franklin.

The streets outside are expected to be lined with pink Cadillac cars, in a tribute to Franklin's 1985 hit Freeway of Love.

More 100 pink Cadillacs will be on hand for Aretha Franklin's funeral on Friday, Aug. 31, according to WXYZ.

"I was a DJ in high school", Robinson said. "She went through the back door so people who look like me could go through the front door".

Camille Howard came from Austin, Texas and stood third in line with her sister.

In her honor, the Music Hall plans to rename its Jazz Cafe "Aretha's Jazz Cafe", Paul said. "It's very definitive. You can't talk her into it". "She's royalty. She's worth it". "We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family".

And while she didn't get the chance to sing for Franklin as a child, that opportunity did eventually come her way - in an unexpected fashion.

"It was just pleasing to my soul", McIntyre said.

Denice Johnson said she respected the way Franklin stayed in touch with her roots. He says Franklin's music gave him hope at a hard time in his life.

"If you ever received flowers from my aunt they would be big, lovely arrangements", Owens said.

Her private funeral is scheduled Friday at Greater Grace Temple Church.


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