Aretha Franklin's Public Viewing Has Fans Coming Out In Droves

31 August, 2018, 18:46 | Author: Conrad Doyle
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Court documents show the I Say a Little Prayer legend had no will at the time of her death, reports U.S. entertainment website TMZ. "It's lovely. She's handsome". "The way she loved and treated individuals, and she always remained down to earth", said Mary Jones, who wore an "I love Aretha" T-shirt and made the four-hour drive from OH to pay her respects.

In addition to receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the NAACP Hall of Fame and the Apollo Theater Legends Hall of Fame.

The regal presence Aretha Franklin exuded in life is being captured at the viewing of her body, with the late Queen of Soul in a gold-plated coffin and dressed in a red gown and high heels, proving she was a "diva to the end".

People file past the body of the late singer Aretha Franklin as she lies in state at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History for two days of public viewing in Detroit, Michigan.

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"She's the Queen", said Howard, 50, who arrived at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

"I emulated her a lot and never had a chance to, as a little girl, sing for her - which is what I wanted to do when she would come to our home", Thimes told St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh. The series of events includes tributes from famed musicians and political figures who knew Franklin well.

"She meant so much to so many people", said Frances Billingslea, 59, of Detroit's west side. "I was a fan of her music".

Paula Marie Seniors, an associate professor of Africana studies at Virginia Tech, said that the Detroit venue was perfectly suited.

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"Her music changed the lives of many and it's an honor to be here", said one mourner who journeyed from Toledo, Ohio.

Over a two-day period, the viewing will allow admirers of the singer to share their fond memories with other fans.

Mourners poured into the museum to pay their final respects to Franklin, who died August 16 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. Following the news of her death, Franklin was mourned by not only fans of her music, but those who recognized her role in the Civil Rights Movement. But she represented and pushed for both in ways big and small - none, perhaps, more prominently or simultaneously as her mold-breaking take on the Otis Redding song, "Respect".

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