International: Hundreds pay respect to late Aretha Franklin

Hundreds of fans queued on Tuesday to pay their respects to legendary "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin, whose body lay in a golden casket dressed in Detroit on Tuesday.

The 76-year-old icon, beloved by millions around the world, died of cancer on August 16, bringing down the curtain on a spectacular six-decade career that made her one of America's most celebrated artists.

Thousands of people are expected to bid her farewell at the Charles H. Wright Museum for African American History on Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by an afternoon viewing at her father's New Bethel Baptist Church on Thursday, and a star-studded funeral on Friday.

White-gloved, sharp-suited pallbearers escorted her casket into the museum on Tuesday, ahead of the two days of 9 am to 9 pm viewing, where she lay in state surrounded by enormous clouds of pink, white and purple roses.

Considered royalty in her Michigan hometown of Detroit, people reportedly camped out through the night to pay their respects with some travelling from far and wide, at times breaking into song or wearing Aretha T-shirts.

They queued down the street and around the block before the museum opened with a steady flow trickling inside by mid-morning.

The gospel, soul and R&B star legend influenced generations of singers with unforgettable hits including "Respect" (1967), "Natural Woman" (1968) and "I Say a Little Prayer" (1968). 

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