Thousands pay respects as Aretha Franklin lies in state

Thousands pay respects as Aretha Franklin lies in state

Bush has also sent a letter that will be read during the service for Franklin, the legendary singer who died from pancreatic cancer August 16 at age 76, the newspaper reported.

Fans paid their respects en masse on Tuesday (Aug 28) to United States music icon and "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin, whose body lay in a golden casket while dressed in a red dress and matching stilettos in Detroit. Detroit's Swanson Funeral Home owns the two-door LaSalle, buying it the year the funeral home began.

Knowing that they wanted to keep the funeral service private for friends, family and special guests made the family sensitive to providing Franklin's fans an extended opportunity to say goodbye, Owens explained. "It's going to be all about her and the way she blessed us with her gospel music". "And sometimes she helped us just forget about everything else and dance", they continued. Museum board member Kelly Major Green said the goal was to create a dignified and respectful environment akin to a church, the place where Franklin got her start.

"Last week, we lost an irreplaceable force", she told her fans in between sets.

"The Queen of Soul is gone and she ain't never coming back", said Ms Wallice, a dental hygienist who took the week off to be in Detroit for the viewing and, she hopes, to attend the funeral.

Another day, another outfit change for late diva Aretha Franklin.

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"She loved Delta and its ideals ... she looked for the best in others".

The stadium then cut the lights so that the thousands in attendance could pay homage to the legend and innovator.

Recall earlier shared details of Franklin's tragic passing after losing a life battle to pancreatic cancer.

"In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart", the statement reads.

"I guess she touched so many hearts, you see people crying, you see people just smiling and singing her songs".

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