Aretha Franklin’s Casket Has Been Removed From Public Viewings


Aretha Franklin’s public memorial has officially come to a close.

Earlier this month, Franklin’s family announced they wanted the iconic singer to have an open casket memorial for fans to pay their respects. Due to the projected turnout, the family chose to honor the “R.E.S.P.E.C.T.” singer at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History–where Rosa Parks’ memorial service was also held in 2005.

On Wednesday night (Aug. 29), the body was removed from the Detroit museum shortly after the public viewing, the Associated Press reports, which attracted thousands of fans over the two-day span. Loaded into a 1940 Cadillac LaSalle hearse, Franklin’s body was transported to an invite-only private viewing scheduled to take place on Thursday (Aug. 30).

Following the private viewing, the late Queen of Soul will be honored one last time at a sold-out tribute concert headlined by over 25 of music’s biggest acts. The funeral will be held in Detroit, Michigan. Fans will be able to watch the service on several news networks.

Aretha Franklin died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76 on August 16. Since her death, city-wide memorials have been held in her hometown of Detroit.

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