Aretha's Farewell: fans pay homage to star in gold coffin

31 August, 2018, 18:31 | Author: Sheri Evans
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Taylor Swift offered Aretha Franklin some R-E-S-P-E-C-T on Tuesday night in Detroit.

Aretha Franklin's body has been transported from a Detroit museum that hosted two days of public viewings of the Queen of Soul, the next step in a journey leading up to her funeral on Friday.

Mourners streamed in for a second day to pay their respects to Aretha Franklin, who was dressed in a different outfit for her final public viewing, as if making a costume change during a show.

Many others set up shop, selling memorabilia including T-shirts, pins, photos, and booklets with a CD of the 18-time Grammy champ's most prominent hits.

Following Thursday's tribute concert, Franklin will be laid to rest on Friday during a six-and-a-half-hour-long funeral (we will be streaming it live right here). At least 20 performers are scheduled to participate, including Stevie Wonder, Shirley Caesar, Faith Hill and Ariana Grande.

Franklin died at age 76 of pancreatic cancer on August 16.

Franklin won 18 Grammy awards and provided a soundtrack to the civil rights movement, singing to raise money for the cause and uplifting activists with her phenomenal voice and upbeat anthems.

She said the singer looked lovely while lying in repose: "I don't know about red yesterday".

"I think it's going to be a very upbeat service. She loved that", Greater Grace Temple Bishop Charles Ellis III said. The strains of Franklin's gospel recordings echoed in the airy space. "As they saw the handwriting on the wall and that shade coming down on her life, they began to make some decisions on where her service might be", he said.

She said the Queen of Soul was "a singer of the universe". "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".

The pop star asked for a moment of silence so "every single one of us could reflect on our love and respect for her".

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