Aretha Franklin’s funeral will be held next week, but before that happens, the family must gather around a television set in some opulent, wood paneled, Detroit Deco office somewhere and wait patiently as her lawyer walks in with a video tape and pops it in the VCR to play a very dramatic special message Aretha recorded days prior to her passing. He hits play, everyone is riveted. Who will get the fur collection? But it’s nothing but static.
According to court documents obtained by TMZ, the singer died “intestate” — meaning she had no will at the time of death.
It’s especially surprising given that she has a special needs son named Clarence who needs financial and other forms of support for his entire life.
According to Michigan law, Aretha’s 4 kids will share equally in her estate.
Clarence Franklin was born in 1955 when Aretha was barely 13 years old. According to Metro UK, Aretha’s other children are Edward Franklin, born 2 years later in 1957, Teddy Richards (nee White) born in 1964, and Kecalf Cunningham, born in 1970. It blows my mind that Aretha had 2 children before the age of 15 and still managed to have the universe altering career she did. One explanation is that she had a lot of family support. People Magazine says Aretha credited her grandmother, sister, and cousin for helping her to raise her youngest kids while she worked. Those lazy punks on MTV’s Teen Mom could never.
From her roots to her own children, Aretha Franklin is a life and legacy of the melodic miracle of living a life of meaning!! Thank you for encouraging us to have R-E-S-P-E-C-T and empowering us to ROCK STEADY!! LOVE YOU QUEEN #RIL #arethafranklin pic.twitter.com/TXfUcmkY35
— Qshepard2 (@leeturner74yah1) August 16, 2018
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— ☇RiotWomenn☇ (@riotwomennn) August 14, 2018
Aretha was a deeply private person and her family seem capable of keeping it classy, so even though there isn’t a will, don’t expect any Carrington Family Circus type shit to be popping off at The Queen’s funeral. Sadly, I’m not able to make it to Detroit for the event, and therefore, the chances of “somebody” throwing themselves on top of Aretha’s casket and screaming WHY GOD WHY, DON’T LEAVE US WITH THESE NO TALENT TROLLOPS!!! have been significantly reduced.