Tributes for Aretha Franklin continue to flow as her funeral is organized

    18 de agosto de 2018

    Washington, DC, Aug 17 (efe-epa).- The expressions of affection and spontaneous homage to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, continue to be shown in cities throughout the United States since the announcement of her death in Detroit on Thursday.

    Aretha Franklin, one of the icons of soul music, who reached her greatest popularity in the 1960s and 1970s, died surrounded by her family in her house in Detroit, her adopted home, of pancreatic cancer, at the age of 76.

    Gwendolyn Quinn, who was her spokesperson and representative and was in charge of announcing the news of her death, announced Friday that the singer's funeral will take place in Detroit on Aug. 31, but the ceremony will be limited to family and friends.

    Franklin will be buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit, besides her father, the Reverend C.L. Franklin, her sisters Carolyn Franklin and Erma Franklin, her brother Cecil Franklin and her nephew Thomas Garrett.

    However, before the funeral, the remains of the Queen of Soul will be on display in an open casket for two days, on Aug. 28 and 29, at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in the centre of the city, a place the artist used to visit frequently.

    The remains of iconic civil rights leader Rosa Parks, who refused to get out of a bus seat reserved for whites in segregationist Alabama in 1955, were on display at the same museum in 2005.

    According to US media, which cites sources close to the family, the site was chosen because it can accommodate the thousands of people expected to pay tribute to Franklin, an event that is being organized so that there is "music, lots of music".

    The family had already expressed their wish that the funeral itself should be limited to those closest to them, in style with the artist who always separated her professional life from her private one, to the point that she never confirmed the pancreatic cancer that she was suffering from for a long time.

    The diva's remains were already taken in a hearse to a funeral home near the singer's home.

    So far, social networks have been flooded with displays of respect and affection from fellow professionals such as Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, Ricky Martin, Elton John, Jennifer Hudson and John Legend and actors such as Hugh Jackman, Martin Lawrence and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

    Aside from in Detroit, her fans continue to place flowers in her honor on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where she has had her star since 1979.

    Even the US space agency (NASA) issued a statement in which it expressed its sadness at the loss of the singer and recalled that the Queen of Soul has an asteroid named in her honour, the "249516 Aretha", discovered in 2010, which "will keep orbiting beyond Mars".

    There are also plans to hold concerts in her memory, such as at the Madison Square Garden in New York, one of the many stages where the singer performed, in November, with an reportedly "all-star" cast