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Aretha Franklin’s estate is funding new cancer research. The late soul legend died in August 2018 at the age of 76 after a battle with a neuroendocrine tumor (NET) on the pancreas, which occurs in only seven percent of pancreatic cancer cases. Her estate has held a joint benefit with Detroit’s Women’s Informal Network to…

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Aretha Franklin‘s sons disagree over who should manage her estate. While Sabrina Owens, Franklin’s niece and an administrator at the University of Michigan, has been appointed executor of her estate, attorneys for Theodore White II last week told a Michigan judge in a court filing that he should be named co-executor, along with Owens. It…

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It may have appeared initially that Aretha Franklin hadn’t left any documents declaring her last wishes and how she wanted her assets divided when she passed away in August 2018. But the Queen of Soul’s family is now happy to discover that she left her will in a secret place. Lawyers have now revealed they uncovered three…

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Aretha Franklin has been posthumously awarded in a major way. The “I Say A Little Prayer” hitmaker — who died last year at the age of 76 after a battle with pancreatic cancer — has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation for her contribution to American music and culture. Franklin is also the first individual woman to…

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Aretha Franklin received a special musical tribute at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. The Queen of Soul died at 76 last August and her lasting legacy was recognized by Andra Day, Yolanda Adams — who performed at the “Think” singer’s funeral — and Fantasia Barrino, who joined forces to perform “(You Make…

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  Aretha Franklin was honored at a star-studded tribute concert. A hoard of A-list celebrities, including Alicia Keys and Celine Dion, took the stage to pay homage to the late Franklin — who died last year at the age of 76 after a battle with pancreatic cancer — to relive the Queen of Soul’s biggest hits in a live tribute concert. Certain…

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Aretha Franklin’s Detroit mansion has been sold for $300,000. The late Queen of Soul, who died in August at the age of 76, was born in Memphis, Tennessee, but grew up mostly in Detroit where she began her legendary music career as a gospel singer in her father’s church. She once owned a number of…

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A gown owned by Aretha Franklin sold for $10,000 at the Hard Rock Cafe’s “Icons & Idols: Rock-N-Roll” by Julien’s Auctions in New York City. More than 30 items of clothing owned by the legendary Queen of Soul, who died from pancreatic cancer at age 76 in August, were sold by the auctioneers alongside possessions that belonged…

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Guests arrive on the red carpet for the New York Premiere of Selma presented by Paramount Pictures, Delta Air Lines, Tina Brown Live Media and Credit Suisse, held at the Ziegfeld Theatre in NYC. Picture by: Johns PKI/Splash News Aretha Franklin‘s estate is being sued by her lawyer. Gregory Reed claims he had trouble collecting what…

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Aretha Franklin will be remembered as the “Queen of Soul,” but she also was royalty to the people and city of Detroit. Beyond her actual homegoing service on Friday, Aug. 31, which featured powerful and controversial moments, people in the city the music legend called home showed their love for her in myriad ways. Here are some…

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Aretha Franklin was the people’s queen, and as such, one day before her homegoing services were held on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, a free tribute concert was held in her honor at the beautiful Chene Park Amphitheater located alongside the Detroit River in Detroit. Among the performers were Detroiter Keith Washington, R&B songstress Angie Stone,…

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Ariana Grande was involved in several controversial moments during Friday’s homegoing celebration for Aretha Franklin. Grande performed “Natural Woman,” which received great reviews at the service and on social media. However, Grande also was chided because of her attire. During the service, the pop star wore a short black dress that some on social media viewed…

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Aretha Franklin represented the essence of soul, glamour and prestige during her life and career. So it was fitting that Franklin’s casket represent a touch of royalty during her homegoing service. Here are five things to know about Aretha Franklin’s amazing casket. Name and origin Franklin was laid to rest in a Z94 Promethean bronze casket. The…

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