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Aretha Franklin dressed in red stilettos in open casket as mourners gather

Mourners have lined the streets of Detroit, Michigan to catch a glimpse of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

The singer died from advanced pancreatic cancer on August 16 at age 76, but her body is now open to the public for a two-day viewing at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in her hometown.

She was transported to the museum this morning (Tuesday) in a vintage white Lasalle and passed by hundreds of fans who had slept on the ground to see her and be the first to pay their respects to the singer.

Fans of the shining star can now go to see her body over the coming two days, to pay their respects and visit the city where she grew up and learned to sing as part of the New Bethel Baptist Church choir.

The decision to have an open casket viewing came as her niece, Sabrina Owens, told the Associated Press they wanted to give the singer a send-off which "would match her legacy."

The soul songstress has been dressed in a striking red cocktail dress and stilettos, with her hair showing off her trademark curls.

Following Aretha’s sad death, it emerged that she did not leave a will.

Despite suffering from ill health for several years, court documents show she had no will at the time of her death, reports TMZ.

The singer’s four sons – Clarence, Edward, Teddy White Jr. and Kecalf – will share equally in her estimated $80million estate, in accordance with Michigan state law.

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Aretha’s funeral is due to take place on August 31, when her body will be entombed at a family gravesite.

The Respect singer’s body will be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery following a funeral at the Greater Grace Temple nearby, but attendance at the service will be limited to family and friends, an announcement said.

Her coffin is to be "entombed" along with the remains of her father, the Reverend C.L. Franklin, and her brother, Cecil Franklin, and sisters Carolyn and Erma Franklin.

After it was announced the singer had died, stars from all over the world shared their sadness, including singer Sam Smith, Ariana Grande and Queen of Pop Madonna, while some of her best lived songs charted as fans flocked to listen to her sultry tones one more time.

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