Hundreds pay respects as Aretha Franklin lies in state

Hundreds pay respects as Aretha Franklin lies in state

Hundreds pay respects as Aretha Franklin lies in state

It is said that her body is being displayed alongside a lovely floral arrangement.

Crowds gathered Tuesday to view the singer lying in repose inside the museum.

Swanson, whose family has been in the funeral services business for 60 years, said they were "honored to be able to help", as they did when Franklin lost her dad.

Franklin passed away at the age of 76 following a prolonged illness on August 16 at her residence in Detroit.

On the museum grounds, a DJ mixed in Aretha's greatest hits, museum personnel passed out free water, and fans took pictures of the pink Cadillac and the white banner affixed to the front of the museum that read, "Honoring the Queen of Soul and worldwide Detroit treasure".

"I got chills", said Pat Turner, 56, of Alexandria Virginia, when she saw the vehicle pull up with the gold casket inside.

Howard, a fan of Franklin's since she was a child, told the Detroit Free Press that she arrived on the line at 6.30pm Monday and that Franklin was "royalty" and 'worth it'.

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Tammy Gibson of Chicago says she lined up outside about 5:30 a.m. "She loved the city of Detroit and the city of Detroit loved her".

The viewing of Aretha Franklin's casket is seen at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on August 28, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan.

"She respected them - she understood that if it were not for them, she wouldn't be who she is", she said. "Numerous people you see are here because they were blessed by her big heart and her desire to reach beyond the boundaries of her own success and touch others".

Franklin's gospel recordings played in the background as mourners paying their respect approached her casket, pausing as they cried, crossed themselves, bowed their heads or blew kisses to the late singer.

The Wright Museum previously hosted a similar public viewing for civil rights icon Rosa Parks after her 2005 death.

"It was nothing for Miss Franklin to call us", she said. "I love her. Aretha Franklin, she always gives back". She came alone but made fast friends with others who sang and reminisced. The lone, surviving original member of the quartet said he and his bandmates shared a special bond with Franklin on stages and in studios over the decades. "She deserves the very best".

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