Aretha Franklin laid in repose in a different outfit for the final public open-casket viewing before her funeral.
They found Franklin in a polished bronze coffin and a sheer baby blue dress with matching shoes, a change from the bright red outfit seen on Tuesday across the world.
The second day of Franklin's public viewing was once again streamed from the rotunda of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan.
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Many others set up shop, selling memorabilia including T-shirts, pins, photos, and booklets with a CD of the 18-time Grammy champ's most prominent hits.
Ellis grew up in Detroit with the Franklin family, and he will oversee her funeral on Friday.
Vincent Street wipes down the casket of legendary singer Aretha Franklin at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018.
In her six decades as a music superstar, Franklin's public persona defined the term dive-her fur coats and entourages as recognizable as her voice.
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She added that Franklin, who died on August 16 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76, also was "so unapologetically black - she was so proud of being a black woman".
"I think it's going to be a time of sadness, a time of joy, a time of laughter, there's going to be some dancing", he told AFP. Two days before her death, Franklin was honored by Beyonce and Jay Z in Detroit. Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Faith Hill, Chaka Khan, Ronald Isley, Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, The Clark Sisters and Marvin Sapp are among the 19 artists scheduled to perform at the family-and-friends-only service.
"I feel that I'm a privileged one because I sang in a choir with Aretha when I joined her father's church, in a young adult choir", Phillips said.
I would like it if we could have a moment of silence so that every single one of us could reflect on our love and respect for her and everything that she did in her life.
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