Aretha Franklin fans pay their last respects at Detroit museum


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Detroit, Days ahead of Aretha Franklin's funeral in her hometown, singer Taylor Swift honoured the late Queen of Soul.

The singer's gold-plated open coffin was placed on display for hundreds of grief-stricken fans at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

Many others set up shop, selling memorabilia including T-shirts, pins, photos, and booklets with a CD of the 18-time Grammy champ's most prominent hits.

According to telegraph news, a tribute concert honoring Franklin's life will be held on Thursday evening, before her funeral at the Greater Grace Temple on Friday, where Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Hudson are among stars expected to perform.

A marathon funeral with an all-star list of speakers and performers was scheduled for Friday.

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Franklin died at age 76 of pancreatic cancer on August 16.

"I think it's going to be a time of sadness, a time of joy, a time of laughter, there's going to be some dancing", he told AFP. But this week that situation was remedied when the 2007 recording of Franklin's rousing, political anthem "Stand Up For Yourself" was released online by the American Association of Retired People.

Peggie Funny and her friend Mary A. Wilson, of Columbia, South Carolina, both born in 1954, came to Detroit for one day only on a whim because they wanted to pay their respects. She downplayed the singer's multiple outfits, calling them "just natural changes in wardrobe that a queen would make".

She said the singer looked handsome while lying in repose: "I don't know about red yesterday".

At the request of her family, only Aretha's gospel music will be heard playing inside the venue during the two-day public viewing ceremony.

Museum board member Kelly Green said that her body had been dressed in red from head-to-toe to be "reflective" of the powerful woman she was. "I sang with her, not often because she was on the road a lot, but I do say I have that privilege".