Aretha Franklin Funeral: Queen Of Soul To Be Laid To Rest Alongside Father, Siblings
The Queen of Soul passed away on Thursday age 76.
Aretha Franklin's funeral will be held on August 31 in her hometown of Detroit, and will be laid to rest in the same cemetery has her father, brother and sisters.
The late singer's publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, said on Friday that the funeral will be held at Greater Grace Temple, and is limited to friends and family only.
Public viewings will take place over the two days prior, at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
The Queen of Soul will be entombed at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit, alongside her father, Reverand C.L. Franklin, sisters Carolyn and Erma Franklin, brother Cecil Franklin, and nephew Thomas Garrett.
The late singer died in her Detroit home surrounded by friends and family on Thursday, aged 76, from pancreatic cancer.
"We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds," her family said in a statement.
The outpouring of love has come from Barack and Michelle Obama, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Patti LaBelle, Oprah, Diana Ross, Mariah Carey and more.
Beyonce dedicated a show to her in her final days, and Stevie Wonder choked up when talking about his final conversation with the late singer.
"She wasn't able to speak back, but her family felt that she could hear me, and so I just said all the things that I've always said and told her to say hello to my sister – that I lost this year as well," he told CBS.
He revealed that the pair had been talking about collaborating on new music as recently as two months ago.
"We'd been talking about it. There was a song that I had written called 'The Future,' and we were going to sing it together," he said.
"And so --" he continued, and then stopped, overcome with emotion.
"I thought I cried my last tear."