Aretha Franklin to be laid to rest beside her father

As tributes for the Queen of Soul continue to roll in, it’s been confirmed, Aretha Franklin will be laid to rest beside her father and siblings.

A funeral for the Respect singer, who died on Thursday aged 76, will held on August 31 at Greater Grace Temple, in her hometown of Detroit.

She will then be entombed at Woodland Cemetery, alongside her father Reverend CL Franklin, her sisters, brother and nephew.


Fans will get to pay their respects with public viewings to take place on August 28 and 29 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

Franklin is being remembered for her ability to connect so deeply with her audience through song.

Good friend and collaborator Stevie Wonder became emotional on CBS This Morning, while telling of the last time he saw her.

“I thought I’d cried my last tear,” the Sunshine of My Life singer said.

“I flew out from LA to Detroit (on Monday) and went to see her and spoke with her. 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.”

He also spoke about how she brought her truth to everything she touched, using Respect – originally recorded by Otis Redding – as an example.

“The greatest gift for me was when I heard her sing (my song) Until You Come Back To Me. Someone said: ‘When she sings your song, she takes it and you don’t get it back’, and that’s what she did,” he said.

Franklin even managed to put her own twist on opera classic Nessun Dorma, when she filled in for the man who brought it to the masses, Pavarotti, at the 1998 Grammys.

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