Aretha Franklin's body lies in open gold coffin, hundreds pay respects

If you are like most of us, you will not be attending Aretha Franklin's stately funeral in Detroit this Friday, but there are a few ways that you can catch every moment of the Queen of Soul's home-going services online and on television. At the time her family said in a statement: "It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Aretha Louise Franklin, the Queen of Soul".

Growing up, Ms Gibson said she heard Franklin's music "playing all the time" by her parents, who, "told me to go to bed - it's an adult party". 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.

Museum board member Kelly Major Green said the goal was to create a dignified and respectful environment akin to a church, the place where Franklin got her start. "And this is her home", Taylor continued. For a touch of grace here and now, Aretha sings "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" at the funeral of Martin Luther King (apologies for the cuts), a reminder that she was present for so much.

Franklin died Saturday at age 76 after battling pancreatic cancer. It's the same vehicle that was used to carry the bodies of Franklin's father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin, in 1984; David Ruffin of legendary Motown group the Temptations, in 1991; and civil rights icon Rosa Parks, in 2005. Indeed, a group of women was singing her hit "Freeway of Love".

Ariana performed the song with The Roots on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last week.

On Tuesday, the first day of body viewing, Aretha Franklin was dressed in Christian Louboutin 5-inch patent leather pumps that match a tea-length ruby red dress made of lace - with a full tulle skirt and chiffon overlay.

Aretha Franklin lies in her casket at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

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