Her family knows how much she meant to the world for so many decades, so Aretha Franklin’s funeral will feature star power including a four-day event, according to a report from TMZ. The “Queen of Soul” will lie in state at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit for two days, so the public can pay their respects. Franklin will be buried at the Greater Grace Temple in a private ceremony for family and close friends.
So far, no official date has been released by the family about the famous singer’s funeral plans, and those details could also change in the next few days.
Aretha Franklin’s passing closes the chapter on one of the most iconic singers ever who was loved around the globe by millions. The superstar passed away on Thursday from advanced pancreatic cancer at age 76. She was surrounded by family, and reports say that singer Stevie Wonder and Franklin’s ex-husband Glynn Turman visited her on Thursday before she lost her battle. They say that she was strong until the end.
TMZ reports that the open viewing for her funeral is expected to bring in thousands of fans who want to wish the “Queen of Soul” their last goodbyes. The museum was a favorite place for Franklin to visit, and it can also accommodate many guests.
Aretha Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and fans there have begun leaving floral tributes outside her childhood home. Wherever she had sung, people have been gathering to leave notes, gifts, candles, cards and flowers at venues like the Apollo Theatre in New York City and at her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
President Trump mourned her passing, calling Aretha Franklin’s voice “a great gift from God…”
Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama stated that in her voice, they could “feel our history, all of it and in every shade…”
Aretha Franklin’s last public performance was at Elton John’s AIDS Foundation gala in New York City in November last year. You can see it here on YouTube. She sang “I Say a Little Prayer.”
The gala was in honor of the 25th anniversary of Elton John’s AIDS foundation. Despite ailing, Aretha Franklin still sang with her signature powerful voice.
Aretha Franklin leaves behind four children, Ted White, Jr., Clarence Franklin, Jr., Edward Franklin and Kecalf Franklin Cunningham.