Aretha Franklin: Queen of Soul to lie in state in Detroit

A court filing by her four sons revealed that Aretha Franklin didn’t have a will

A court filing by her four sons revealed that Aretha Franklin didn’t have a will

"I would want my daughter to know of the people like Aretha Franklin - to be able to listen to that voice ... and hear that there is something special about it". The ceremony is traditional for the sorority when members pass away. She later said that with her interpretation - which even Redding acknowledged became the standard - sought to convey a message about the need to respect women, people of color, children and all people.

"She meant so much to so many people", said Frances Billingslea, 59, of Detroit's west side.

Franklin died August 16 and will be laid to rest on Friday after several days of tributes in Detroit.

Linda Swanson, executive vice president of Swanson Funeral Home in Detroit, said Tuesday her family has always been close with the Franklin family. "And she said, 'Hi, Denise, this is Aretha Franklin'".

The legendary Aretha Franklin's funeral has officially begun, and TMZ reports that her open casket will be available for viewing for a few days.

Sixty-four-year Detroit resident Cheryl Matthews attended the viewing and says it was "fit for a Queen". "But to have done her birthday party [a few years ago] and to stand there and watch her watch me sing - Don, I had to fight back the tears the whole time".

The roses that surround the casket, Owens said, reflected her love for the flower and her propensity to send arrangements "in grand fashion". Franklin's body, clad head to toe in a bright cherry red, looked peaceful and spoke to her vivacious spirit in life.

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Paul said it turns out she was ill.

"She was a symbol for us", Ann Fortson, 63, said after emerging from the rotunda.

Tammy Gibson, 49, of Chicago said she arrived about 5:30 a.m.

"When we were little girls, we would all dress up a little and sing her songs in the living room", said Teresa Massey Walker, 48, who came from Buffalo, New York, to pay her respects.

Latonya McIntrye, 43, of Las Vegas also flew in to pay her respects.

16 after a battle with cancer, is lying in repose at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Michigan, where thousands of fans are stopping by to pay tribute to the singer.

Occasionally the crowd burst into song.

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