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Aretha Franklin’s family planning open casket memorial

MEMORIAL: Aretha Franklin (Photo credit: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

ARETHA FRANKLIN's family have announced plans to hold an open casket memorial in the singer's hometown of Detroit.

The Queen of Soul passed away yesterday (Aug 16) at the age of 76 following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

According to TMZ, the iconic singer's public memorial will be held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.


U.S. singer Aretha Franklin's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is adorned with flowers, candles and cards in Hollywood, California, on August 16, 2018 (Photo credit: EPA-EFE)

The large venue was the same site where a memorial for Rosa Parks was held in 2005, and was reportedly selected in anticipation for the thousands of mourners who are expected to attend the public memorial.

Sources close to the Franklin family have told the online publication that the memorial will be open casket.

A date has yet to be set for the service.

Fans of the Natural Woman songstress have been gathering at the site of her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to pay their respects to the singer.

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