Three handwritten wills were found in the suburban Detroit home of Aretha Franklin, months after the Queen of Soul’s death.
After Franklin died of pancreatic cancer in August of 2018, lawyers and family members said at the time that she had no formal arrangements, but three handwritten versions were discovered earlier this month. Two from 2010 were unearthed in a locked cabinet after a key was located and the latest document is dated March 2014 and appears to give the Tennessee native’s assets to family members. Some writing is extremely hard to decipher, however, and the four pages have words scratched out and phrases in the margins.
Furthermore, to complicate things, the “Respect” singer’s estate is involved in “many continuing projects … including various television and movie proposals, as well as dealing with various creditor claims and resulting litigation,” Bennett said.