Aretha Franklin funeral set for August 31 in Detroit


(Reuters) – A funeral for the late soul music star Aretha Franklin has been scheduled for Aug. 31 in Detroit, following a two-day public viewing of her casket, and her body will be entombed at a family gravesite, relatives announced on Friday through a publicist.

Photographs of singer Aretha Franklin and her father the late Reverend C.L. Franklin are seen in the “Memory room” of the New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Franklin, the preacher’s daughter whose powerful voice made her the long-reigning “Queen of Soul” with such hit songs as “Respect” and “Chain of Fools,” died on Thursday at the age of 76.

Reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Editing by Chris Reese



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