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Aretha Franklin’s funeral will be four-day event, include three days of viewings

Days after the death of legendary singer Aretha Franklin, details are emerging about official plans to celebrate her life.

The musician died at age 76 in her home in Detroit. She had been battling pancreatic cancer.

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WDIV reported that the funeral for Franklin will be a four-day event. Her body will lie in repose at Charles H. Wright Museum for African American History in Detroit for a viewing open to the public Aug. 28 and 29. 

Related: Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin dies: A look back at her legacy

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The Detroit News reported that publicist Gwendolyn Quinn said Franklin will lie in state from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the museum.

Detroit Free Press reported that there will be a public viewing at New Bethel Baptist Church, the church founded by her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 30, according to a family spokesperson. 

A private funeral for close family and friends will be Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. at Greater Grace Temple, according to WDIV. Her body is being held at Swanson Funeral Home, which is also handling funeral arrangements, according to Detroit Free Press.

Related: ‘Thank you, Aretha’: Fans, friends remember the ‘Queen of Soul

Organizers are also working to decide on a venue for a musical tribute to Franklin with major musicians.

Franklin will be buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, where Rev. Franklin, her brother Cecil Franklin; sisters Carolyn Franklin and Erma Franklin; and nephew, Thomas Garrett are entombed.

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