Aretha Franklin’s Funeral Set for Aug. 31 in Detroit

DETROIT - Funeral plans are starting to come together for Aretha Franklin, "The Queen of Soul," who died Thursday after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

She was 76. At the time of her death she was at home in Detroit surrounded by friends and family.

UPDATE: Dates announced for Aretha Franklin's visitation, funeral services in Detroit

  • It will be a four-day event to celebrate her life.

  • For two days, Franklin's body will lie in repose at Charles H. Wright Museum for African American History. The viewing will be open to the public.

  • The funeral will be held at Greater Grace Temple and will only be for close family and friends.

  • Organizers are working on a musical tribute with major recording artists. The venue is still being decided.

  • Right now, Franklin's body is being held at Swanson Funeral Home in Detroit.

  • An exact date for the funeral is still being determined.

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