Celebrity Deaths, Dearly Departed

Aretha Franklin Laid to Rest in style


As thousands of mourners line up to bid a final farewell to the Queen of Soul, as she lie in repose at the Charles H. Wright museum of African American History in her hometown of Detroit.

The Queen of Soul is wearing Christian Louboutin 5-inch patent leather pumps that match a tea-length ruby red dress made of lace – with a full tulle skirt and chiffon overlay, said Linda Swanson, executive vice president of Swanson Funeral Home. The dress has beading on the bodice and shoulders, and a boat neck collar with a chiffon bell sleeve altered by Swanson, who is also a seamstress.

The music legend is wearing custom-designed beaded earrings.

Franklin is resting in a solid bronze Promethean casket plated in 14-karat gold. It is the same type of coffin in which singers James Brown and Michael Jackson were buried, according to The Telegraph of Britain.

The interior is finished with champagne velvet. Franklin’s title, “Queen of Soul,” and her name “Aretha Franklin,” are embroidered in the casket lining with gold metallic thread.

Tributes will be held all week in her honor with a private funeral service to follow, which is scheduled for Friday August 31st.

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