Dressed like a ‘resplendent’ queen, Aretha Franklin rests in gold casket


Aretha Franklin, known for floor-length mink and jewels, is glamorous in life and death.

On the first day of a two-day public viewing at Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Queen of Soul is wearing Christian Louboutin 5-inch patent leather pumps that match a tea-length ruby red dress made of lace – with a full tulle skirt and chiffon overlay, said Linda Swanson, executive vice president of Swanson Funeral Home.

The dress has beading on the bodice and shoulders, and a boat neck collar with a chiffon bell sleeve altered by Swanson, who is also a seamstress.

The music legend is wearing custom-designed beaded earrings.

“She is presented in a way that reflects her life and her legacy,” Swanson said. “She is, indeed, resplendent in repose, as a queen should be.”

Franklin is resting in a solid bronze Promethean casket plated in 24-karat gold. It is the same type of coffin in which singers James Brown and Michael Jackson were buried, according to The Telegraph of Britain.

The interior is finished with champagne velvet. Franklin’s title, “Queen of Soul,” and her name “Aretha Franklin,” are embroidered in the casket lining with gold metallic thread.

Franklin, whose impassioned, riveting voice made her a titan of American music, died of a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor on Aug. 16. She was 76.

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