RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned Aretha Franklin is to be buried clutching a gold microphone and dressed in one of her trademark fur coats.
The Queen of Soul, famed for dramatically chucking off her ostentatious jackets during performances, will be decked out in a white fur to represent “the purity of her angelic voice.”
“Aretha will probably not be wearing the white fur and have the gold mic with her during the open casket showing, as her family wants to keep the items untouched and spotless for her burial,” a source told Radar.
“It’s likely she’ll be secretly cloaked in a white fur and given the microphone to hold after her body has been on display — it’s how she would have liked to have gone out.”
The Memphis-born “Respect” singer’s body will be on display for two days in Detroit before being buried at a private ceremony for family and friends in the city’s Woodland cemetery on Aug. 31.
As Radar reported, the multi-Grammy winner died on Aug.16 at aged 76 after battling pancreatic cancer, and she will now join the ranks of divas who have been buried with their favorite possessions.
Elizabeth Taylor had a never-seen love letter from lover Richard Burton at her side when buried, and singer Frank Sinatra was interred with a bottle of his favorite Jack Daniel’s whiskey, which he called ‘nectar of the gods’, as well as a pack of Camel cigarettes, a Zippo lighter, and a dollar’s worth of dimes, just in case he needed to use a payphone in the afterlife.
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