Public open casket viewing for Aretha Franklin confirmed

The soul legend died last week after losing her battle with pancreatic cancer

A public open casket viewing for Aretha Franklin ahead of her funeral next week has been confirmed.

The soul singer died last week (August 16) after suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, according to her oncologist Dr. Philip Phillips. She was 76.

Fans will be able to pay their respects to the star in her hometown of Detroit next week, where her body will lie in repose. Between 9am and 9pm on August 28 and 29, mourners will be able to attend the open casket viewing at the city’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

A private funeral open only to friends and family has been confirmed to take place later that week, on August 31.

In a statement following her death, Franklin’s family said: “We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.”

Paul McCartney, Barack Obama, Elton John, Lady Gaga, Chaka Khan, Chance The Rapper and more all paid tribute to the icon as news of her death broke.

Ariana Grande performed an emotional cover of ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman’ when she appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last week (August 16). The singer also recalled meeting Franklin, saying: “We sang at the White House and she was so sweet and cute. It’s an honour to have met her.

Liam Gallagher also paid tribute to the late star during his set at Chelmsford’s RiZE Festival on Friday (August 17). He dedicated Oasis classic ‘Live Forever’ to her and displayed photos of Franklin on the big screen during the Beady Eye track ‘Soul Love’. Gallagher also described her as having had “the best voice in the world”.