Aretha Franklin

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Aretha Franklin Left Nearly $1M in Uncashed Checks

Obama asks for something of the singer's

(Newser) - A year after Aretha Franklin died, court documents portray a confused estate case. She had left no will, and then three were found. At least one of the singer's four sons says there still hasn't been a complete inventory of the state provided to her heirs. Now, nearly... More »

Aretha Franklin's Estate Joins Push on Rare Cancer

New fund in her name will research rare kind of pancreatic disease

(Newser) - Aretha Franklin was famously private about her ailing health in her final years, but now her estate is joining the fight against the rare illness that claimed her life . The Aretha Franklin Fund for Neuroendocrine Cancer Research is now up and running, reports the Detroit Free Press . It's actually... More »

Handwritten Will by Aretha Reveals a Surprise

The father of her first child wasn't who everyone thought

(Newser) - When Aretha Franklin died, the initial word was that she didn't leave a will . That changed in a big way with the discovery of not one, not two, but three handwritten wills in her home. The big questions now are whether they're real and, if so, whether they'... More »

Will Found Under Aretha Franklin's Couch Cushions

2 others were found as well, but it's not clear if any are legal

(Newser) - Three wills have been found in the suburban Detroit home of Aretha Franklin nearly a year after her death, including one that was discovered under cushions in the living room, a lawyer said Monday. Franklin was 76 when she died last August of pancreatic cancer. Lawyers and family members said... More »

Pulitzers Go to Books About 2 Giants of American History

Works on Frederick Douglass and Alain Locke recognized

(Newser) - Aretha Franklin received an honorary Pulitzer Prize on Monday, as judges praised the Queen of Soul "for her indelible contribution to American music and culture." Franklin, who died last summer, was the first woman singled out for an honorary Pulitzer, which has been given to Bob Dylan and... More »

Aretha's Family: Pastor's Eulogy Was 'Very Distasteful'

Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. spoke for 50 minutes

(Newser) - As far as eulogies go, Aretha Franklin got a crummy one, at least according to her family. "He spoke for 50 minutes and at no time did he properly eulogize her," said the late singer's nephew regarding the Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. "We found the comments... More »

Aretha 'Didn't Get Around to' Making a Will

That could make things difficult for her heirs

(Newser) - Aretha Franklin was so hard-nosed in her business dealings that she demanded to be paid in cash before performing. Her heirs won't have it so simple. Though she lived to 76 and was terminally ill with pancreatic cancer, the Queen of Soul died without a will, the AP reports.... More »

Bishop at Aretha Service Apologizes to Ariana

Critics accuse Charles Ellis of a public grope, but he says it was innocent

(Newser) - The bishop who officiated Aretha Franklin's funeral apologized Friday to Ariana Grande for how he touched her onstage and a joke he made about her name, per the AP . Bishop Charles H. Ellis III led Franklin's funeral and awkwardly greeted Grande on stage after she performed "(You... More »

Bill Clinton Finds Unique Way to Remember Aretha at Funeral

He uses his phone to play one of her songs into the mic

(Newser) - Aretha Franklin was receiving a sendoff fitting for a woman known as the Queen of Soul on Friday. Scores of big names from the world of entertainment and politics joined family and friends at her funeral at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. Ariana Grande sang "(You Make Me Feel... More »

'Surprising' Swerve on Aretha's Estate

Franklin may not have left a will or trust, her longtime attorney says

(Newser) - Nearly a week after her death from advanced pancreatic cancer at the age of 76, more details are emerging about Aretha Franklin's assets. One of the more notable tidbits, per her longtime attorney: The legendary performer may have left no will or trust behind. "I was after her... More »

Madonna Says Panned Aretha Speech Was Not a Tribute

Madge says MTV asked her to share an anecdote about the Queen of Soul

(Newser) - Madonna has responded to widespread criticism of the "tribute" she made to Aretha Franklin at Monday night's MTV Video Music Awards. Per Entertainment Weekly , Madge explained on Instagram that she was asked by the network to share an anecdote with the audience while presenting this year's video... More »

Best Moments From the VMAs

J.Lo got emotional; Madonna rambled

(Newser) - With most of music industry's top acts absent, the two-hour MTV Video Music Awards lacked star power and felt flat—and it was up to a pop veteran to bring the house down. Jennifer Lopez, who earned the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for lifetime achievement, provided the... More »

Cops: Man Shot After Aretha Franklin Argument

Pair in barbershop disagreed about who was starring in upcoming biopic

(Newser) - Fans mourned Aretha Franklin all around the world Thursday—including in a barbershop in Suffolk, Va., where a discussion of the Queen of Soul turned violent. Witnesses say that after an argument over whether Halle Berry had played or was going to play Franklin in a biopic turned violent, Michael... More »

The 'Queen of Soul' Is Dead at 76

Aretha Franklin had been ill for a while

(Newser) - Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer," and her signature song, " Respect ," and who stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76... More »

Reports: 'Queen of Soul' Is Near Death

Aretha Franklin, 76, said to be 'gravely ill'

(Newser) - Rumors of serious health trouble have circulated about Aretha Franklin for years , and now multiple reports say the 76-year-old is near death. "I am so saddened to report that the Queen of Soul and my good friend, Aretha Franklin is gravely ill," tweets Evrod Cassimy of WDIV in... More »

Aretha in Weird Feud With Dionne Over Whitney Houston

Franklin unhappy Warwick said she was Houston's godmother

(Newser) - Aretha Franklin is coming out swinging against fellow legend Dionne Warwick, accusing her of making up a story that Franklin was Whitney Houston's godmother, even though the alleged offense happened five years ago. "She blatantly lied on me ... fully well knowing what she was doing," Franklin said... More »

Aretha Franklin Stretches the National Anthem to 4.5 Minutes

It was a 'church spiritual'

(Newser) - Americans were reminded of one more thing to be thankful for on Thursday: Aretha Franklin. In what caused a "Twitter meltdown," per CBS Sports , Franklin sang the national anthem ahead of the Detroit Lions' game against the Minnesota Vikings and stretched the song into an incredible "4-minute,... More »

Aretha Franklin Sued Over Unpaid Condo Fees

She says she's been 'overcharged for years'

(Newser) - Aretha Franklin is being sued over unpaid homeowner fees at a condominium in suburban Detroit. The Hills of Lone Pine Association says it's owed some $11,563. The Detroit News reports that the condo association has filed a lawsuit to try to foreclose on the Queen of Soul's... More »

Aretha Franklin Gets in Tiff With Johnny Rockets Waitress

Releases statement about 'rude, nasty' server

(Newser) - Do not mess with the Queen of Soul. That's the lesson a waitress at a Johnny Rockets on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls probably learned this week, after Aretha Franklin released a statement complaining about the server's "very rude, unprofessional, and nasty" behavior Tuesday night. Franklin... More »

Aretha Sues Satire Site for $10M Over Fistfight Story

Nerd News 'reported' Franklin, Patti LaBelle duked it out

(Newser) - There's a disclaimer at the bottom of the News Nerd site clarifying that articles found therein "are purely satirical," but the thousands of people who shared one of the stories on Facebook and Twitter this weekend may not have noticed said disclaimer. The satirical article in question... More »

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