Aretha Franklin died without a will, leaving her $121m estate's future uncertain

Emmett Rice
September 4, 2018

"She transcended musically and our denominations are not stuck the way they were 25 to 30 years ago", said Rev. Robert D. Lodge Jr. pastor of People's Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit.

Aretha Franklin's friend Ron Moten, a MI businessman, gave the four sons some guidance in his speech at Friday's funeral.

Greater Grace Temple has been the scene of the funerals of several prominent Detroiters, including civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, former Detroit Mayor Coleman Young, and several Detroit police officers killed in the line of duty.

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Political dignitaries and music royalty led the tributes to Aretha Franklin at her star-studded funeral on Friday, joining her family and members of the public in bidding goodbye to America's "Queen of Soul".

"After all she gave to the world, I felt we needed to give her an appropriate send-off that would match her legacy", Owens said.

For what it's worth, when Franklin died August 16 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, Hill was one of first among the diva's many celebrity friends to pay tribute.

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A viewing at New Bethel Baptist Church on Thursday provided the public another opportunity to pay their respects to the late Queen of Soul. Not without fear but overcoming her fears.

"There are some girls who haven't been born yet ... who will be inspired by Aretha", he said.

Other bouquets were sent from the Jackson family, the Dance Theater of Harlem, the Whispers, Atlantic Records, Elton John, Mariah Carey, Ray Charles, Tom Joyner, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Don King, and Diana Ross.

"She worked her can off to get where she was", Clinton said.

THE BAND OF THE WELSH GUARDS PERFORM R E S P E C T IN TRIBUTE TO ARETHA FRANKLINCrowds attending the Changing of the Guards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace this morning were treated to more than the usual respect by the troops from the British Army's Household Division.

Once the value is established - a process that could take years - the IRS will take any back taxes Franklin owed, then will tax her estate at 40 percent for any assets beyond $11.2 million. "And hopefully, a lot of people here with money and fame and influence and friends and notoriety and wealth, hopefully they will think of their mortality and say there is something bigger than fame, there is something bigger than Hollywood, something bigger than being a recording artist and selling gold albums or what have you". "Her faith in God came out through her music". She lived with power, not without weakness but overcoming her weaknesses. "She sang for 45 straight minutes".

"I do not plan anything (with) someone I love like that", Robinson, a Motown great who grew up with Franklin, told The Associated Press. "I had a client who had a $70 million real estate portfolio who had had end-stage diabetes".

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