Aretha Franklin: Singing legend's memorial to be held at historically significant Detroit museum

In the light of the tragic loss, as fans and celebrities across the world pay their tributes, it has emerged that a public viewing will be held to honor the legacy of the singer.


                            Aretha Franklin: Singing legend's memorial to be held at historically significant Detroit museum

For a legend of Aretha Franklin's capacity, a private church ceremony just won't make the cut. And who knows this better than the Queen of Soul's family, who were with her as she breathed her last on Thursday, August 16 at her home in Detroit, Michigan. In the light of the tragic loss, as fans and celebrities across the world paid their tributes, it has emerged that a public viewing will be held to honor the legacy of the 'Respect' songstress. 

Franklin was 76-years-old when she passed away after battling pancreatic cancer. As her death is being mourned by hundreds and thousands of music lovers, a new report from TMZ claims that Franklin's family is planning a memorial for the singer at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. Indeed a historic site, it's believed that the museum was frequented by Franklin and was also the site of Rosa Parks' viewing in 2005. 

In addition, the thousands of mourners who are expected to show up for the 18 times Grammy-winning musician's service cannot be possibly accommodated at any traditional church. Further details, however, surrounding the memorial -including the date of the service and whether or not it will be an open casket -  are expected to follow soon.

American soul singer Aretha Franklin, a star on the Atlantic record label. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)
American soul singer Aretha Franklin, a star on the Atlantic record label. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)

The news comes as social media is bombarded with heartfelt condolences and tributes in honor of Franklin's legacy. "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. She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever," wrote Paul McCartney, the singer for the rock band, the Beatles.

"What beautiful music and vocal artistry you gave to the world. You are a legend and your soul will never be forgotten. Rest in peace angel of music. #ArethaFranklin," added modern times music sensation, Lady Gaga. 

Amidst all these grievous messages, however, Fox News ran a major gaffe, using a photo of Patti LaBelle in their Aretha Franklin tribute. 



“We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin’s family and friends,” Fox News Vice President, Media Desk Jessica Santostefano has since said in a statement. "Our intention was to honor the icon using a secondary image of her performing with Patti LaBelle in the full-screen graphic, but the image of Ms. Franklin was obscured in that process, which we deeply regret."

Singer LaBelle had also shared her own tribute.