3rd viewing of Aretha Franklin will be at New Bethel Baptist Church

The Detroit News
In this Feb. 11, 2011, Aretha Franklin smiles after the Detroit Pistons-Miami Heat NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills.

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated the incorrect time for the viewing at New Bethel Baptist Church.

The body of Aretha Franklin will lie in state at New Bethel Baptist Church, providing another opportunity for the public to pay their respects, a family spokeswoman has announced.

A special viewing will be noon-4 p.m. Aug. 30 at the church, 8430 Linwood in Detroit. The viewing is an addition to the previously scheduled viewings from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 28 and 29 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren in Detroit.

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Despite rumors that circulated over the weekend, Franklin's funeral service Aug. 31 will remain a private affair, said the late singer's publicist Gwendolyn Quinn.

“The funeral is for friends, family and invited guests only,” Quinn said.

Franklin, 76, died in her home Thursday from advanced pancreatic cancer. 

A tribute concert on Aug. 30 will be open to the public but is still in the planning stages.

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