Aretha Franklin to Have an Open Casket Public Viewing at Detroit Museum

Fans will be able to pay their respects to Aretha Franklin during a public viewing at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, ET confirms. The Queen of Soul will lie in state by 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Aug. 28 along with 29.

Franklin’s funeral, which will be held at 10 a.m. on Aug. 31 at Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple, will be limited to just family along with friends. She will then be entombed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit, alongside her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin; brother Cecil Franklin; sisters Carolyn Franklin along with Erma Franklin; along with nephew, Thomas Garrett.

Franklin died at the age of 76 on Thursday, surrounded by loved ones at her home in Detroit, Michigan. The legendary singer’s oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute, said of which her official cause of death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type.

In a statement to ET via Franklin’s longtime publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, the singer’s family mourned the loss of the icon.

“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch along with rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, along with cousins knew no bounds,” the statement read. “We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love along with support we have received by close friends, supporters along with fans all around the planet. Thank you for your compassion along with prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha along with This specific brings us comfort to know of which her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask of which you respect our privacy during This specific difficult time.”

Celebs took to social media to honor to Franklin, along which has a source told ET on Thursday of which her not bad friend Clive Davis — with the blessing of her family — can be planning a tribute concert on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at Madison Square Garden in completely new York City. Producers of the MTV Video Music Awards, which take place on Monday, told ET they’re also planning to honor Franklin. 

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