Aretha Franklin passed away on August 16 at age 76 from advanced pancreatic cancer.
Editor's note: This story has been corrected to show that Franklin's funeral will be held at Greater Grace Temple, not New Bethel Baptist Church. She called the Motor City home for most of her life. However, a public ceremony was supposed to start at 10 a.m. immediately afterward so that her devoted fans can participate, as well.
Friday morning, Franklin's open casket was placed at the front of the church as mourners streamed by in advance of the service.
TMZ caught up with the "I'm Every Woman" belter at the airport on her way to Detroit from Los Angeles.
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Some of the meticulous details planned for the funeral include lining the streets of Detroit with pink Cadillacs, honoring both her hometown as well as her 1985 chart-topping hit by the same name. She sang at both of his inaugurations.
Owens added, "It's going to be very hard after all this is over and people have all gone away".
How did Aretha Franklin die? 'I love her. She was my longest friend'. He said they "talked all the time", the last just a couple weeks before she became too ill to speak."We saw all of our other close friends go", Robinson said. She was dressed in a sparkling full-length gold dress with sequined heels for her final outfit - the fourth outfit Franklin has worn during a week of events leading up to her funeral.