Fans Invited to Pay Tribute to Aretha Franklin


A two-day public viewing has been arranged in the town of Detroit, Michigan in order to celebrate the life of the now deceased legend, Aretha Franklin.
The Queen of Soul had recently been battling with Pancreatic Cancer. However, the advanced condition of the disease took her life at age of 76. People close to Aretha have decided to pay their final respects to her by organizing a four-day celebration of her life.
On the 28th and 29th of August, Aretha’s public memorial will take place at the Charles H. Wright Museum that is known for its importance in the African American history, a place that the singer herself frequented. It has been decided that the casket will be left open so the fans and the rest of the world can get closure.
The more private funeral will be held at the Greater Grace Temple, situated in city of Detroit on the 31st of August. Only her family and close friends will be allowed here to bid farewell to the legend, after which she will be buried at Woodlawn Cemetery.
As announced by the music icon’s publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, Aretha will be buried alongside the graves of her father, Reverend C.L. Franklin, fellow siblings Carolyn, Erma and Cecil Franklin. Her nephew, Thomas Garrett was also laid to rest in that very cemetery.
The legend’s relatives and representatives arranged her public memorial, private funeral service and burial in the same venues as Rosa Parks, Civil rights activist who died in 2005.
It has also been rumored that various top artists are also being scheduled to perform to pay their final respects to the singer.
News of the Respect hitmaker’s death emerged just several hours after her closest friends Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder opened up about their last meeting with her. Stevie teared up discussing that he had flown to see her, a day after her condition was declared to be critically ill. He had been told that she could hear everything he said even though she did not utter a word. Stevie recalled that he had asked her to greet his sister whom he lost a year earlier. Furthermore, he added that she was a great human being who had inspired lives all over the world. Choking up, Stevie said that her voice would live on even after those who loved her, passed away.
Smokey stated that he had known Aretha since they were children. He described his friend as a good person and an amazing cook. He also shared several childhood memories they had made, all the while smiling. The singer’s childhood pal also added that he was glad that their friendship had lasted for as long as Aretha had been alive.


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