Aretha Franklin Didn't Leave a Will, Apparently

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Aretha Franklin reportedly had $80 million to her name when she died on August 16, but it appears she didn’t make plans for that fortune’s future—according to a report in TMZ, the Queen of Soul didn’t leave a will.

The website says that Franklin died “intestate,” i.e., without a will, which is odd, considering she had been ill with pancreatic cancer for a long time before she died. Then again, Michigan law dictates her estate be divided up equally among her four children, so the outcome of all this is far less dramatic than the Westing Game-esque shenanigans I expected.

TMZ also notes that Franklin’s family has planned a series of memorials and celebrations in Detroit leading up to the Queen of Soul’s funeral on August 31, and her body will lie in-state at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History for two days next week, for those who’d like to pay their respects.


Lindsay Lohan’s Instagram is an increasingly absurdist collection of #mantras, selfies, and occasional religious greetings that I can’t help but wonder if it’s run by the same geniuses behind @KimKierkegaard, the only good Twitter account on the Internet. Now, we have this:

I have many questions.


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