Aretha Franklin: Fans gather to view Queen of Soul’s body

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Fans wait in line to see Franklin’s body (Reuters Image)

Thousands of fans are expected to pay their respects to Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, who died nearly two weeks ago.

Franklin’s body will be on view for two days at an African-American museum in her home town, Detroit, before her funeral there on Friday.

The museum also hosted civil rights activist Rosa Parks’s viewing in 2005.

Aretha Franklin performing in Chicago in 1992 (Getty Images)

Detroit, seen as the home of soul music, is treating Franklin’s death as the passing of royalty.

A week of mourning is being held in the city.

The 76-year-old’s body will be on public view on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Charles H Wright Museum of African American History.

The venue was reportedly chosen because Rosa Parks’s viewing took place there in 2005 and because it needs to accommodate the thousands of people expected to attend.

Friday’s funeral at the Greater Grace Temple is for family and friends only, but Chaka Khan, Jennifer Hudson and Stevie Wonder are among those due to sing there.

Former US President Bill Clinton will be among the speakers. (Excerpts from BBC)

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