August 17, 2018 / 9:36 PM / 4 months ago

Aretha Franklin funeral set for August 31 in Detroit

Photographs of singer Aretha Franklin and her father the late Reverend C.L. Franklin are seen in the "Memory room" of the New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

(Reuters) - A funeral for the late soul music star Aretha Franklin has been scheduled for Aug. 31 in Detroit, following a two-day public viewing of her casket, and her body will be entombed at a family gravesite, relatives announced on Friday through a publicist.

Franklin, the preacher’s daughter whose powerful voice made her the long-reigning “Queen of Soul” with such hit songs as “Respect” and “Chain of Fools,” died on Thursday at the age of 76.

Reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Editing by Chris Reese

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