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Private Funeral Planned For Aretha Franklin In Detroit

August 17, 2018 - 5:55 pm

LOS ANGELES (WCBS 880/AP) -- Tributes were still pouring in Friday for Aretha Franklin, who died this week at her Detroit home at the age of 76.

The Queen of Soul passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Her funeral is set for Aug. 31 in Detroit.

As CBS News Correspondent Steve Futterman told WCBS 880’s Michael Wallace Friday, tributes to Franklin abounded in Los Angeles.

“You know it says something when more than 24 hours after a person has died, the tributes are still coming in – from celebrities, from fellow musicians, from politicians – it really spans the spectrum. On Hollywood Boulevard – the Walk of Fame; the famous Walk of Fame – Aretha Franklin obviously had a star. That star has been bedecked by flowers ever since the announcement of her death,” Futterman said.

People of all ages have been turning out and remembering Franklin.

“Obviously, you have people of her generation; people who are now in their 70s; their 80s – the early Baby Boomers. And of course, when you talk to many of the women of that era, they talk about the empowerment they felt from some of her songs – songs like ‘Respect’ and ‘Think.’ You talk to African-American women especially – they talk about how they felt her music empowered them,” he said. “But she does span generations. I saw a young 14-year-old boy yesterday. Now he was not that well-versed on Aretha Franklin, but he knew who she was. I said, ‘What’s your favorite song?’ He said, instantly, he said, ‘Respect.’”

Franklin’s publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, said Friday that the funeral, to be held at Greater Grace Temple, is limited to the Queen of Soul's family and friends.

Public viewings will take place Aug. 28-29 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, at 315 E. Warren Ave. in Detroit, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 31.

Franklin will be entombed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit, along with her father Rev. C.L. Franklin; sisters Carolyn Franklin and Erma Franklin; brother Cecil Franklin; and nephew Thomas Garrett.

(© 2018 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)