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The Queen of Soul died with almost 1Million in uncashed checks

Aretha Franklin is dressed in red stilettos and a cocktail dress in a solid GOLD open casket at Detroit museum

The Queen of Soul left behind great music and also a large amount of uncashed checks. After a new inventory of her assets, almost $1 million dollars in uncashed checks have been found with Aretha Franklin's estate.

The Queen of Soul left behind great music and also a large amount of uncashed checks. After a new inventory of her assets, almost $1 million dollars in uncashed checks have been found with Aretha Franklin’s estate.

Franklin died on August 16,2018 at the age of 76 and originally no Will was found, causing family drama over the allocation of her assets. The late singer left behind four sons who were set to split her estate evenly, but nine months after her death, that changed. Three handwritten Wills were found in her house, two from 2010 and one from 2014, according to Billboard.

The authenticity of the Wills are being reviewed by a handwriting expert. If these Wills are valid, the distribution of Franklin’s assets will completely change. Each son has also retained separate legal teams.

But this wouldn’t be the first time Franklin hadn’t cashed in checks. Checks from 2012 had to be reissued in 2016. Franklin’s son Kecalf Cunningham has already contacted a bank in regards to one of the checks found, according to Billboard.

Kecalf and his brothers appointed his cousin Sabrina Owens as the personal representative of the estate, but he has since expressed his unhappiness with her work.

“It is totally unacceptable that it has taken a year for the heirs to begin find out what their mother owned on the date of her death,” Kecalf’s attorneys Charlene Glover-Hogan and Juanita Gavin Hughses wrote in a recent court motion. “To date, the heirs still do not know what was owned on Aretha Franklin’s date of death.”

Kecalf’s attorneys also claims Owens didn’t distribute an inventory of Aretha’s estate to the four heirs until six months after it was due by law. Court papers said the inventory was missing a lot of things including bank statements, tax bills, appraisals for the value of her homes and blue book values of her cars.

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  • More than 200 fans slept overnight outside the Detroit museum where Franklin will be lying in state on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am to 9pm
  • Thousands of people are expected to go to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History during the two-day public viewing period
  • The public viewing begins her four-day funeral and memorial activities in her Detroit hometown
  • Her private funeral will be held Friday and she will be buried in Detroit's  Woodlawn Cemetery
  • The Queen of Soul died from advanced pancreatic cancer at age 76 on August 16 

Fans lined up overnight to pay their respects to the late Aretha Franklin and got a glimpse of the legendary singer as she lay in her gleaming gold casket wearing a red cocktail dress and matching shiny red stilettos Tuesday.

The music icon died from advanced pancreatic cancer on August 16. She was 76.

The Queen of Soul's body arrived in a shining gold casket at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in her Detroit, Michigan, hometown on Tuesday morning for the start of her two-day public viewing.

Franklin was transported to the museum in a vintage white LaSalle, passing by as many as 200 of her fans who had slept on the sidewalk and were already lined up to be among the first to pay their respects to the singer.

Aretha Franklin's body arrives in GOLD casket as mourners gather
Aretha Franklin's body arrives in a gold casket at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in her Detroit, Michigan, hometown on Tuesday morning

Aretha Franklin's body arrives in a gold casket at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in her Detroit, Michigan, hometown on Tuesday morning

Franklin's body, seen in its shining gold casket, will be lying in state at the museum Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am to 9pm

Franklin's body, seen in its shining gold casket, will be lying in state at the museum Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am to 9pm

Fans are able to see Franklin one last time while her body is displayed in an open casket during her public viewing

Fans are able to see Franklin one last time while her body is displayed in an open casket during her public viewing

Franklin can be seen resting in her shining gold casket with her legs crossed, wearing a red dress and matching stiletto heels

Franklin can be seen resting in her shining gold casket with her legs crossed, wearing a red dress and matching stiletto heels

Beginning at 9am Tuesday, fans were allowed into the museum to pay their respects to Franklin in her open casket

Beginning at 9am Tuesday, fans were allowed into the museum to pay their respects to Franklin in her open casket

Thousands are expected to go to the Wright Museum to pay their respects during Franklin's two-day public viewing period

Thousands are expected to go to the Wright Museum to pay their respects during Franklin's two-day public viewing period

Franklin's fans were visibly emotional ask they walked past her casket, getting a glimpse of the singer for the final time
Franklin fans walking past her casket

Franklin's fans were visibly emotional ask they walked past her casket, getting a glimpse of the singer for the final time

Fans were seen comforting each other as they walked past Franklin's body on Tuesday morning

Fans were seen comforting each other as they walked past Franklin's body on Tuesday morning

While many fans hailed from Detroit, others had traveled in from all around the country for the opportunity to see Franklin while lying in state at the museum, which had previously hosted a similar public viewing for civil rights icon Rosa Parks following her death in 2005.   

Melissa Howard, 50, of Austin Texas, said she flew in to Detroit the day before Franklin's public viewing started, so she could ensure that she would be able to get inside the museum and pay her respects to Franklin. 

Howard, a fan of Franklin's since she was a child, told the Detroit Free Press that she arrived on the line at 6.30pm Monday and that Franklin was 'royalty' and 'worth it.' 

Howard said that at around 1am Tuesday, Franklin's niece, Chrystal, came to visit the line and handed out bottled water and White Castle hamburgers to say thank you to fans on behalf of the family. 

While plenty of the people waiting on line were there to see Franklin because they were fans of her music, others said they were there to celebrate her for her accomplishments in the civil rights movement.

Aretha fan Charles Thomas, 59, of Detroit, told the Free Press that, 'She helped the movement — her and Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte. She went through the back door so people who look like me could go through the front door.'      

Thousands of mourners are expected to visit the museum, which was the largest black museum in the United States until the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened in Washington, D.C., in 2016. 

Franklin fans were seen carrying concert posters among other Franklin memoribilia to the public viewing

Franklin fans were seen carrying concert posters among other Franklin memoribilia to the public viewing

Specially-made t-shirts featuring Franklin's image were also worn by fans attending the singer's public viewing

Specially-made t-shirts featuring Franklin's image were also worn by fans attending the singer's public viewing

Franklin's public viewing will be open from 9am to 9pm on Tuesday and Wednesday. Then, on Thursday from noon to 4pm, her body will be moved to New Bethel Baptist Church, which was founded by her late father, Rev. C.L. Franklin, giving congregation members a chance to pay their respects if they were unable to get into the public viewing. 

Thursday night at 6pm, a riverfront amphitheater will rock and roll with musical tributes to Franklin, which is being called 'A People's Tribute to the Queen.'

Chene Park will host the genre-spanning Thursday evening concert, which is scheduled to feature Gladys Knight, Johnny Gill, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Angie Stone, Keith Washington and many others. The free tickets were all claimed shortly after going on sale Monday morning.

The Four Tops also will be among those performing. Abdul 'Duke' Fakir said he was honored that his famed Motown group was invited to perform. The lone, surviving original member of the quartet said he and his bandmates shared a special bond with Franklin on stages and in studios over the decades.

LaTonya McIntyre (second from left) was the first person to stand on line outside the Wright Museum, waiting for her chance to say goodbye to Franklin

LaTonya McIntyre (second from left) was the first person to stand on line outside the Wright Museum, waiting for her chance to say goodbye to Franklin

Hundreds of fans watched as Franklin's casket was carried into the museum Tuesday morning in preparation for the viewing

Hundreds of fans watched as Franklin's casket was carried into the museum Tuesday morning in preparation for the viewing

Franklin fans from her Detroit hometown and across the country waited outside the museum to pay their respects to Franklin

Franklin fans from her Detroit hometown and across the country waited outside the museum to pay their respects to Franklin

'I'm happy - we always love to do anything we can for 'little sis,'' he said, adding that the performances 'should be awe-inspiring.'

Franklin's funeral is being held Friday at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple. The family and friends-only service is set to feature an all-star lineup of performers including Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia and Shirley Caesar. Ron Isley, Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, Jennifer Holliday and Franklin's son, Edward Franklin, will also perform.    

VIPs aren't expected to be limited to the musical kind: Scheduled to speak at the service is former President Bill Clinton, whose inaugurations featured performances by Franklin. Others include the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, Bishop T. D. Jakes, Cicely Tyson, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Clive Davis and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.

Smokey Robinson also plans to pay tribute with words, not music. The Motown 'Miracle' and Franklin grew up together and delivered a spine-tingling duet on Soul Train in 1979.

The Rev. Jasper Williams Jr., pastor of Atlanta's Salem Baptist Church, will deliver the eulogy.

It's expected to be a marathon service, perhaps lasting five hours or more.  

Greater Grace Temple is calling on people with pink Cadillacs to line up before the funeral in an effort to create a 'Freeway of Love' in tribute to Franklin. That's a nod to her funky '80s tune of the same name that prominently featured the car in the lyrics and video.

Those who line the route get a special perk: The driver of the Caddy and one extra person will be admitted to the funeral.

The church also hosted Parks' funeral, at which Franklin sang.

After the funeral, Franklin will be entombed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit, along with her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin; brother Cecil Franklin; sisters Carolyn Franklin and Erma Franklin; and nephew, Thomas Garrett. Woodlawn also is the final resting place for Parks and many of the Motor City's musical elite, including members of the Four Tops. 

Franklin passed away August 16 at 9.50am surrounded by family and friends at her home in Detroit following a battle with advanced pancreatic cancer.

'In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family,' a statement from her family read.

'We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers.

'We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.'

Franklin, who sang with matchless style on such classics as 'Think,' 'I Say a Little Prayer' and her signature song, 'Respect', announced her retirement from touring last year.

The mother-of-four had battled various undisclosed health issues in recent years. Her last public performance was at Elton John's AIDS Foundation gala in New York in November last year.

Aretha Franklin performed at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Fall Gala in New York City on November 7, 2017. It was her last public performance before her death on August 16

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Aretha Franklin biopic leads to argument and shooting in Virginia barber shop parking lot

FOX News has faced backlash after using a photo of a different singer when reporting Aretha Franklin’s death.

R.I.P. to the Queen!

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REST IN POWER: Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin dies at 76

We’re all feeling incredibly sad about the passing of Aretha Franklin, but an argument between two grieving fans led to an unbelievable altercation.

According to Norfolk’s WTKR news, witnesses heard two people arguing about whether or not Halle Berry had ever portrayed the Queen of Soul in a film biopic. Tempers flared during the heated exchange and things quickly got violent, with one of the participants shooting the other.

After 9-1-1 was called the victim, 47-year old Tony Jonathan Lundy, was treated by first responders before being transferred to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. for serious injuries. Michael Jermell Hatton, was identified as the man who allegedly shot Lundy in the dispute.

Hatton is now sitting in a cell at the Western Tidewater Regional Jail, where he remains held without bond as the investigation continues.

Michael Jermell Hatton thegrio.com
Michael Jermell Hatton, 44, was arrested and charged with aggravated malicious wounding, as well as other charges in connection to shooting Tony Jonathan Lundy, 47, in Suffolk on Thursday, August 16, 2018. (Courtesy of Suffolk Police Department)

As for the premise of the bizarre encounter, Franklin did previously say she dreamed of Berry playing her on film, but the Oscar winner declined, saying she’d only consider the role if she could carry a tune (which she apparently can’t). In the end, Berry didn’t feel she could do Aretha justice.

“I would’ve liked Halle Berry to portray the older Aretha in the upcoming biopic of my life based on my memoir, Aretha: From These Roots,” Franklin once told talk show host, Wendy Williams in response to Berry’s decline.

“She was my first choice, everything’s subject to negotiation, and she shouldn’t underestimate her own talent. There are a number of other leading ladies out there that can definitely handle the role. I never expected Halle to sing. She’s an actress, not a singer. Many actors have portrayed vocalists by lip-synching to the artists’ original recordings.”

In a nutshell, Berry didn’t play Franklin in a film, nor did anyone else because Franklin’s biopic has yet to be released. Although it is worth noting that in January of this year, Franklin admitted she believed Dreamgirls star Jennifer Hudson was best suited to play her.

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Mariah Carey joins celebs saying a little prayer for Aretha Franklin who is 'gravely ill' at her home in DetroitAretha 1964

  • Aretha Franklin died at 9.50am on Thursday at her home in Detroit aged 76
  • She had been battling advanced pancreatic cancer and was under hospice care
  • Her family said they were devastated to have 'lost the matriarch and rock of our family'
  • Undisputed Queen of Soul had announced her retirement from touring last year
  • Franklin had battled various undisclosed health issues in recent years

Aretha Franklin, the long-reigning Queen of Soul, died on Thursday morning at age 76 from advanced pancreatic cancer.

She passed away at 9.50am at her home in Detroit where she had been under hospice care.

Franklin's family issued a statement saying her oncologist had confirmed that her cause of death was due to the pancreatic cancer she had been battling. 

'In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family,' a statement from her family read.

'We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers.  

Aretha Franklin, the long-reigning Queen of Soul, died on Thursday morning at age 76 from advance pancreatic cancer. She is pictured above in November last year

Aretha Franklin, the long-reigning Queen of Soul, died on Thursday morning at age 76 from advance pancreatic cancer. She is pictured above in November last year

'We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.' 

Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days.

Franklin, who sang with matchless style on such classics as 'Think,' 'I Say a Little Prayer' and her signature song, 'Respect', announced her retirement from touring last year. 

She had battled various undisclosed health issues in recent years. 

A professional singer by her late teens and a superstar by her mid-20s, Franklin had long ago settled any arguments over who was the greatest popular vocalist of her time.

She recorded hundreds of tracks and had dozens of hits over the span of a half century, including 20 that reached No. 1 on the R&B charts. 

Her records sold millions of copies and the music industry couldn't honor her enough. Franklin won 18 Grammy awards and in 1987 she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

Franklin was 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 stood as a cultural icon around the globe

Franklin was 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 stood as a cultural icon around the globe

Franklin’s best-known appearance with a president was in January 2009 when she sang “My Country ’tis of Thee” at Barack Obama’s inauguration

Fellow singers bowed to her eminence and political and civic leaders treated her as a peer. 

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was a longtime friend, and she sang at the dedication of King's memorial, in 2011.

She performed at the inaugurations of Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, and at the funeral for civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks. Clinton gave Franklin the National Medal of Arts. President George W. Bush awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in 2005. 

Franklin's best-known appearance with a president was in January 2009, when she sang 'My Country 'tis of Thee' at Barack Obama's inauguration. She wore a gray felt hat with a huge, Swarovski rhinestone-bordered bow that became an Internet sensation and even had its own website. 

In 2015, she brought Obama and others to tears with a triumphant performance of 'Natural Woman' at a Kennedy Center tribute to the song's co-writer, Carole King. 

Franklin endured the exhausting grind of celebrity and personal troubles dating back to childhood. 

She was married from 1961 to 1969 to her manager, Ted White, and their battles are widely believed to have inspired her performances on several songs, including '(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone,' ″Think' and her heartbreaking ballad of despair, 'Ain't No Way.' 

Franklin married actor Glynn Turman in 1978 in Los Angeles but returned to her hometown of Detroit the following year after her father was shot by burglars and left semi-comatose until his death in 1984. She and Turman divorced that year. 

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Celebrities have been paying tribute to Aretha Franklin on social media since news that the diva is 'gravely ill' emerged late on Sunday night.
Mariah carey tweeted a photo of the 76-year-old as a young woman on Monday morning, captioned: 'Praying for the Queen of Soul' along with two prayer hands emojis.
The Respect singer, who has been fighting cancer, is at home in Detroit, surrounded by family and friends.

Praying for her: Mariah Carey tweeted her best wishes to Aretha Franklin, 76, who is gravely ill at her home in Detroit, surrounded by friends and family 

They are reportedly 'preparing to say goodbye' to the veteran singer.

She last performed at Elton John's AIDS Foundation in New York City in November 2, 2017, looking pitifully thin. Aretha is now down to a reported 86 pounds.

Others paying their respects include rapper-songwriter Missy Elliott, singer-actress Ciara, talk show host Andy Cohen, rapper-actor Jermaine Dupri Fifty, Shades author  E.L. James, screenwriter-director Mark Frost, sports writer Jemele Hill and actress Jackee Harry.

Last year, the icon announced her plans to retire, saying she would perform at some select things.

A trooper: Aretha last performed at Elton John's AIDS Foundation in New York City in November 2, 2017, looking pitifully thin. She is reportedly down to just 86 pounds

A trooper: Aretha last performed at Elton John's AIDS Foundation in New York City in November 2, 2017, looking pitifully thin. She is reportedly down to just 86 pounds

Pouring in: Here are a few of the tributes to Aretha from celebs on social media

Pouring in: Here are a few of the tributes to Aretha from celebs on social media

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Comment by Al3x on August 29, 2018 at 7:47pm
Another devil worshiper gone down the drain.
Comment by gina gene on August 29, 2018 at 5:29am
She gone to heaven sharp huni!
Comment by cheryl on August 28, 2018 at 9:08pm

Well done Aretha!!!

Comment by theafricanunion on August 21, 2018 at 1:06pm
Comment by trevor mullings on August 17, 2018 at 11:47am

The Queen of soul has moved on to another dimension! She will always be remembered as another one of a kind who had touch countless souls.

Comment by selvin williams on August 17, 2018 at 9:06am

You are that Natural Woman.RIP Mama

Comment by Michael DePeiza on August 16, 2018 at 4:27pm
Say a little pray for me and my family when you get to the other side please.
Comment by CARIBBEAN QUEEN on August 16, 2018 at 4:19pm
Comment by James Gibbs on August 16, 2018 at 1:19pm

Rest in Power Queen of Soul. 

Comment by theafricanunion on August 16, 2018 at 1:16pm

REST In POWER #QueenofSoul

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