Aretha Franklin’s Casket Arrives In Detroit For Public Viewing

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Aretha Franklin's funeral will be available to view both online and on television. Popp told CNN he's been asked to display the auto at the museum Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as drive in the Franklin's funeral procession on Friday.

"There was a lot of crying, the whole weekend", he said.

Aretha Louise Franklin was born on March 25, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee to a preacher and Civil Rights activist father and a pianist-vocalist mother. "There was a lot of crying to the point where I was weirded out".

The funeral itself will feature performances from a variety of soul singers, including Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, and more.

A vintage LaSalle hearse that carried the body of Aretha Franklin sits outside of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History where a public viewing was being held on August 28, 2018, in Detroit.

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

A family statement says said "Franklin's official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin's oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute" in Detroit.

The Associated Press will livestream her funeral service Friday starting at 10 AM ET, with news outlets around the globe expected to pick up the coverage.

The museum also plans to stage an exhibition honoring Franklin.

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"She deserves it", Howard said.

"She respected them - she understood that if it were not for them, she wouldn't be who she is", she said. "She's calling around to people, then she disappeared, then she re-emerges and she starts calling around to different people 'Everything's cool, everything's on schedule'".

"After all she gave to the world, I felt we needed to give her an appropriate send-off that would match her legacy", she said.

So when he heard a few months before the planned festival that she was ill again, he assumed that she would pull through again. "They really loved her, and she loved Detroit".

By the way, Davis is putting together a tribute concert for Aretha, set for November 14 at Madison Square Garden.

It all proved to be quite an emotional experience for the usually more stoic singer, Paul said.

Franklin's music filled the otherwise quiet room, and dozens of large floral arrangements including powder pink and lavender roses surrounded the hall, final gifts from her closest relatives and friends.

"I was blessed to see her twice", she said.

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