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Aretha Franklin public viewing announced

The family of Aretha Franklin have announced a public viewing following her death.

Franklin, who died following a battle with pancreatic cancer, was 76 years of age.

Given the legion of fans desperate to pay their respects to the Queen of Soul, a memorial has now been announced by Franklin’s family. A public viewing will take place between August 28 and 29 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in her hometown of Detroit.

Public viewings are available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m on both days of the scheduled memorial. Following on from that, a private funeral will take place for close friends and family only which is scheduled to take place on August 31st.

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Sir Paul McCartney and others have paid an emotional tribute to Aretha Franklin following her death.

Franklin, who has a long affinity with The Beatles, covered their tracks multiple times during her long and esteemed career. Now, McCartney has remembered here: “Let’s all take a moment to give thanks for the beautiful life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many, many years,” he said on social media. “She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever. Love Paul”

The news of Franklin’s death has led to outpourings of tribute’s for the music industry. Barbra Streisand shared a picture of herself with Franklin along with the caption: “This photo was taken in 2012 when Aretha and I performed at a tribute celebration for our friend Marvin Hamlisch.

“It’s difficult to conceive of a world without her.

“Not only was she a uniquely brilliant singer, but her commitment to civil rights made an indelible impact on the world.”

[MORE] – Click here to read more tributes to Aretha Franklin.