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Public Viewing Planned For Aretha Franklin In Detroit

The music legend's funeral will be a four-day event.

Aretha Franklin performs at the TV Land Awards on April 14, 2012 in New York City. (Getty)

Funeral and tribute plans are starting to emerge for Aretha Franklin, who passed away yesterday surrounded by friends, family, and devotees after battling pancreatic cancer. 

The date is still being determined, according to WDIV in Detroit, but we do know these details:

-The tribute will be a four-day event to commemorate and celebrate her life.

-For two days, Franklin's body will lie in repose at Charles H. Wright Museum for African American History. The viewing will be open to the public.

-The funeral itself will be held at Greater Grace Temple and is reserved for close friends and family.

-There will be several musical tributes featuring major recording artists, but no list has been finalized. There's no confirmation on venue yet either.

-Franklin's body is currently resting at Swanson Funeral Home in Detroit.

-An exact date for these events is still being determined.

Franklin will not be the first music legend to have a big send-off. Michael Jackson's  2009 funeral was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Tickets were issued lottery-style to over 1.5 million fans and some sold for upwards of $10,000 on eBay. Stevie Wonder and Mariah Carey were among the performers and the major networks all covered it live. You can expect the same kind of treatment for The Queen of Soul. 


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