Aretha Franklin public viewing begins in Detroit

Aretha Franklin

More 100 pink Cadillacs will be on hand for Aretha Franklin's funeral on Friday, Aug. 31, according to WXYZ.

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Music producer Clive Davis is also planning a tribute concert to honour the legend at New York City's Madison Square Garden in November. Franklin undoubtedly became an icon for black pride, feminism and the civil rights movement.

Franklin has been a constant in her life.

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

With the city's rich history in music - which includes everything from techno to rock and soul - Paul said he had the idea to create a festival that would celebrate the various genres and Detroit. "And she said, 'Hi, Denise, this is Aretha Franklin'".

People wait in line outside the museum where Aretha Franklin will lie for two days of public viewing in Detroit, Michigan.

Sixty-four-year Detroit resident Cheryl Matthews attended the viewing and says it was "fit for a Queen".

Melissa Howard, 50, of Austin Texas, said she flew in to Detroit the day before Franklin's public viewing started, so she could ensure that she would be able to get inside the museum and pay her respects to Franklin.

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She died surrounded by family and loved ones, following a battle with cancer.

Franklin's dress has a lace bodice and sleeves with a netted skirt, while her red pumps are from Christian Louboutin.

As people approached, they cried, crossed themselves, bowed their heads or blew kisses.

Court documents show the I Say a Little Prayer legend had no will at the time of her death, reports USA entertainment website TMZ.

Hundreds of people are lining up to pay their final respects to Aretha Franklin.

A pink Cadillac pulled up in front of the museum before the doors opened, and the crowd burst into applause and song.

"Her music changed the lives of many and it's an honor to be here", said another who journeyed from Toledo, Ohio.

Well-wishers are arriving at the culturally significant Charles H Wright Museum of African American History, where the Queen of Soul's body is lying in state.

The Queen of Soul, Seniors said, was "a singer of the universe".

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