Aretha Franklin Dressed In Blue For Last Public Viewing

31 August, 2018, 12:47 | Author: Conrad Doyle
  • Fans mourn Aretha Franklin at gospel-infused public viewing

Final ride is a beauty: Talk about how Detroit rolls - check out the ivory 1940 Cadillac LaSalle Funeral Coach that also carried the Rev. C.L. Franklin (her dad) in 1984 and Rosa Parks in 2005.

Aretha Franklin's casket is to lie in repose at her father's church on Thursday ahead of a tribute concert in her hometown Detroit and what will be a "jubilant" star-studded funeral on Friday.

Right at the front of the queue was Gale Smith, 56, a nurse who had helped to care for the singer in hospital. Abdul "Duke" Fakir said he was honored that his famed Motown group was invited to perform.

They queued down the street and around the block, swaying to Franklin tracks or breaking into song and dance, with a steady flow trickling inside. "We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family".

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The singer's gold-plated open coffin was placed on display for hundreds of grief-stricken fans at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

"She never forgot from which she came", Penn said. A private funeral will be held the next day at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple.

Memorial services have been taking place this week in Detroit to commemorate the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who died August 16 at age 76.

At least 1,000 Delta Sigma Thetas from across the country attended the service, which lasted almost an hour and is traditionally performed for any member before her funeral.

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She was one of those people where no matter what you said, no matter what glowing positive thing you said about her, it would be an understatement.

She was suffering from pancreatic cancer and was in a grave condition from last few years. "Just natural changes in wardrobe that a queen would make". If there's one thing Aretha taught us, it was to be original. "When a lot of people got rich and famous, they left Detroit".

Owens said it's all come together with a bit of divine assistance.

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