Huge crowds of fans and mourners stretch around the block of Charles Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit to pay their final respects to Aretha Franklin.
Dressed in red from head to toe, Franklin’s body was displayed in an open 24-karat gold-plated “Queen of Soul” inscribed casket, reports BBC.
Surrounded by massive bouquets of roses of varying colors, the legendary singer proved once again, as some fans put it, she was a “Queen” to the end.
Funeral director O’Neil Swanson II told CNN:
“God didn’t make a better singer and there isn’t a better casket. She deserves the very best.”
Fans and celebrities took the opportunity to remember and salute Franklin on social media.
Many felt the lavish tribute was the farewell she deserved.
Over a two day period, hundreds of people from different generations will pour into the museum to pay their final respects to Franklin, who died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76, as previously reported by Dearly.
Franklin’s hometown of Detroit will commemorate the “Queen of Soul” through a week of mourning and celebration.
Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Chaka Khan, and Jennifer Holliday will perform this Friday at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit as part of Aretha’s funeral, reports E News.
Former President Bill Clinton, civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Clive Davis, and other high-profile speakers will pay their respects to Franklin at the private funeral service, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Aretha Franklin’s funeral will be livestreamed and broadcast live on TV August 31.
The service will start at 10 a.m..