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Fans flock to Detroit to pay their last respects to Aretha Franklin at the Public Viewing



In Detroit, there was an overwhelming cry of support as fans of Aretha Franklin flocked to the city calling them home to pay their respects to the "Queen of the Soul" during a public visit.

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In a red dress and red heels, Franklin lay in silence as hundreds of mourners, from as far away as Maryland and New Orleans, waited for hours to enter the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History Tuesday to say goodbye to the iconic singer.

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About 200 fans said they camped on sidewalks overnight to make sure they had a place in line on Tuesday. Fans danced and sang along with Franklin's many songs as they waited to enter the museum.

"I've been here since 4:30 pm, 4 pm yesterday afternoon," LaTonya McIntyre told Associated Press. "Yes, to see the & # 39; Queen of the Soul & # 39; s."

  PHOTO: Aretha Franklin's Coffin is on display at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History during a public visit to Detroit, August 28, 2018. Paul Sancya / AP
Aretha Franklin's Coffin is at the Charles H. Wright Museum for African-American history during a public visit to Detroit, August 28, 2018.

Franklin lay in a massive bronze-colored gilded casket surrounded by huge rose bouquets. There was even a pink Cadillac on hand to show the love of national treasure Franklin.

"We'll just miss her," said Fan Debra Wallis. "But we have their music, yes, we have their music."

The public viewing was also scheduled for Wednesday.

Franklin died at the age of 76 on August 16 after a fight against pancreatic cancer. She died in her home in Detroit, "surrounded by family and relatives," her family said in a statement by Franklin's longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn.

Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson and Faith Hill were among the stars to perform for Franklin at a private funeral on Friday. Former President Bill Clinton should also speak.

  PHOTO: A woman cries as she watches the open coffin of the body of Aretha Franklin on a public visit to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, August 28, 2018. Paul Sancya / Pool / EPA via Shutterstock
A woman cries as she views the open casket holding the body of Aretha Franklin at the public viewing at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit on August 28, 2018.

The funeral service, which should be limited to family, friends and special guests, should take place at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. Ronald Isley, Chaka Khan, Fantasia and Jennifer Holliday should be performing, according to Quinn.

A public commemoration and memorial concert will be held on Thursday at the Chene Park Amphitheater in Detroit.

The Four Tops, Gladys Knight and Johnny Gill were among the performers expected.

ABC News & Luchina Fisher and Reuters contributed to this story.


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