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Fans stream in for 2nd day of Aretha Franklin public viewing

Fans stream in for 2nd day of Aretha Franklin public viewing

The funeral is planned as a star-studded musical tribute, with Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Ronald Isley, Chaka Khan and Jennifer Hudson all scheduled to perform at the ceremony, according to the Detroit Free Press.

On August 16, 2018, the beloved 'Queen of Soul, ' Aretha Franklin, passed away in her Detroit home at the age of 76 surrounded by friends and family. Ariana Grande paid tribute to the late Queen of Soul while on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon the day after her death, and now Taylor Swift jumped on an opportunity to honor the legend while performing in Detroit, Michigan, Aretha's hometown.

This is wild! Chaka Khan - a 10-time Grammy victor and as well-seasoned a performer as anyone in the biz - says she's got butterflies about performing at Aretha Franklin's funeral. "Their direction has been that they want this to be an opportunity for the public and her fans to offer their respects".

"Certainly in her condition, in hospice, we saw the handwriting on the wall".

Owens said the museum has held services for many dignitaries, most famously Rosa Parks: "It was important that Aretha take her place next to them and lie in state there".

The Wright Museum is a cultural landmark in Detroit, where Franklin grew up and spent most of her life. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family.

Married and divorced twice, and the mother of four, she will be buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit, alongside her father and siblings. On Tuesday, she was dressed in a red dress with matching stilettos and on Wednesday in blue.

"I wasn't even going to do it, but I wanted to see her again", said Moorman, 57, as she waited with hundreds of others in a line that snaked around to the back of the museum and beyond. "She loved the city of Detroit and the city of Detroit loved her". "For more than six decades since, every time she sang, we were all graced with a glimpse of the divine", the Obamas wrote. Just as she always did, Aretha Franklin arrived in style. If there's one thing Aretha taught us, it was to be original.

O'Neil Swanson II of the Swanson Funeral Home handed out memorial cards Tuesday to those waiting to view Franklin's body.