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The Latest on a second day of public events honouring Aretha Franklin in Detroit.
The Queen of Soul's public viewing continued Wednesday, with fans queuing festively outside, then walking solemnly and single file into the museum.
The singer stayed silent for almost a full minute in front of a star-studded backdrop, before concluding, "We love you, Aretha".
Aretha Franklin, singer, died August 16, 2018.
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Former US president Bill Clinton will be among the speakers as the legendary Motown singer is laid to rest.
Peggie Funny and her friend Mary A. Wilson, of Columbia, South Carolina, both born in 1954, came to Detroit for one day only on a whim because they wanted to pay their respects.
The funeral will take place at the Greater Grace Temple in Franklin's beloved hometown of Detroit. The color red was selected to symbolize her honorary membership in Delta Sigma Theta.
Thousands of fans paid their respects at the open, golden casket of the USA music icon and "Queen of Soul", who lay in state at the Charles H. Wright Museum for African American History on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The funeral is planned as a star-studded musical tribute, with Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Ronald Isley, Chaka Khan and Jennifer Hudson all scheduled to perform at the ceremony, according to the Detroit Free Press.
As they approached the coffin and heaping displays of roses, many people smiled, cried, crossed themselves, bowed their heads or blew kisses.