Aretha Franklin left behind an $80 million fortune sans a will, TMZ reports.
The late Queen of Soul who died from a long-fought battle with pancreatic cancer didn’t have a will in place outlining the last wishes for her estate, according to court documents obtained by the outlet.
“It’s especially surprising given that she has a special needs son named Clarence who needs financial and other forms of support for his entire life,” states TMZ.
“Aretha was ill for several years, but apparently did not see the end coming …or possibly a will was low on the priority list.”
The 76-year-old icon is worth a reported $80 million, according to celebritynetworth.com.
“I would expect that she has a house, probably a financial account of some kind — a brokerage account, stocks, bond, cash,” said Kenneth Silver, shareholder at Hertz Schram law firm in Michigan, in an interview with People.
“She probably has investments of a wide variety — perhaps in real estate ventures, other businesses that she may own or have an interest in.”
Let’s not forget the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also had plenty of awards and gold records too.
According to Michigan state law, Franklin’s estate will be split among her heirs – her four sons.
A Different View of the Queen
Recently, we got a glimpse of Franklin’s last days thanks to a tender moment captured on video and shared by Victorie Franklin, one of her grandchildren. So many people shared touching tributes of what Franklin meant to them after the Queen of Soul passed following a long-fight battle with pancreatic cancer.
Victorie shared a piece of her world by uploading to Twitter a grainy home video of Franklin – a self-taught pianist – as she played the keys and hummed a sweet tune. Looking relaxed and in her element, Franklin played away as Victorie quietly taped her grandmother. But Franklin knew Victorie was there because she ended the impromptu piano playing by throwing a kiss Victorie’s way.