“Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin, the singer who ruled the late 60's and the early 70's with a series of singles and albums of exceptional power and stirring intensity, passed away on August 16, 2018, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Family members are planning an elaborate funeral for Franklin which will be attended by family, close friends and selected guests on August 31, 2018.
Celebrated artists including Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Chaka Khan, Jennifer Hudson among others are set to perform at the funeral, CNN reported.
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The ceremony is set to take place at 10 a.m. at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. According to the singer's publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, public viewings will be held on August 28 and 29 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.
Detroit Free Press reported that Franklin would be buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit.
She will be put to rest beside her late family members including her father, the Rev. C. L. Franklin, her brother, Cecil Franklin; her sisters, Carolyn Franklin and Erma Franklin, and nephew Thomas Garrett.
People who own a pink Cadillac have been called to line Seven Mile, the road that leads to the Greater Grace Temple, in tribute to the singer's song “Freeway of Love” which sees Franklin singing about cruising in a pink Cadillac.
Crisette Ellis, the wife of the Senior Pastor of Greater Grace Church Bishop Charles H. Ellis, told Detroit News more than 100 pink Cadillacs are believed to be lined up outside the church, and the car owners will be allowed to attend the private funeral.
Ellis told the newspaper that her husband was the one to come up with the idea of paying homage to Franklin with the pink cars.
She said, “Wouldn’t it be awesome to have some pink Cadillacs to pay tribute to Aretha Franklin and her legacy and all that she’s done and all that she’s meant to so many around the world?”
Ellis herself owns a pink Cadillac Escalade. She took it upon herself to get in touch with people to help them find other owners.
While Franklin's funeral is being organized and arrangements are being made, there is confusion between her family members regarding the ownership of her estate.
CNN recently reported that Franklin had neither left a will nor set up a trust fund before she died. Don Wilson, who had been Franklin's lawyer for a long time, said that he had repeatedly advised her to set up a trust, but she had never agreed to do so.
Franklin's net worth was estimated to be at about $80 million by Business Insider.
“I was after her for a number of years to do a trust. It would have expedited things and kept them out of probated and kept things private,” CNN reported Wilson as saying.
According to Detroit Free Press, Franklin's sons have started the legal formalities required to gain control over the estate their mother left behind.
Franklin's niece has requested to be appointed as the personal representative of the estate.
According to Michigan law, however, the assets of an unmarried person who dies without a will are generally split up among the surviving children. Franklin had four children; Ted White Jr, Kecalf Cunningham, Clarence Franklin and Edward Franklin, and they are aged between 48 and 63 years.
Although Franklin's funeral will be a private affair, Clive Davis, American record producer, is planning to hold a tribute concert at Madison Square Garden in New York. The show is scheduled to take place on November 14, 2018, according to CNN.
Franklin's death shocked the world and her millions of fans, including former US President Barack Obama, mourned the passing of the “Queen of Soul.”
The tragic news of the Aretha Franklin's passing was made known on the morning of August 16, 2018, and tributes have been pouring in from her fans all around the world, and one such notable praise was from the former president Obama, who took to Facebook to pay his respects.
The Obama family was among Franklin's eminent admirers. The singer had sung the National Anthem at Obama's first presidential inauguration in the year 2009.
In his post, Obama spoke about Franklin's immeasurable talent and how through her music and voice she showed the spirit and struggle of the American people.
He ended by saying that the legacy Franklin has left behind will go on to live in the hearts of her people.