Fans line up to view Aretha Franklin’s body

Aretha Franklin

Hundreds of fans lined up to pay their last respect to US soul legend, Aretha Franklin, at the start of a two-day public viewing in Detroit on Tuesday, broadcaster NBC News reported.

Franklin’s body was brought to the Charles H Wright Museum of African American History in a white 1940 Cadillac Lasalle hearse, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Her funeral, open to family and friends only, will be held in the Greater Grace Temple on August 31.

She will then be entombed at the city’s Woodlawn Cemetery alongside her father, three siblings and a nephew.

Franklin, born in 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee, won 18 Grammys during a career spanning more than six decades.

The “Queen of Soul, known for classics such as ‘Respect’ and ‘I Say a Little Prayer’, died of pancreatic cancer on August 16.