Singer Gladys Knight clarifies Aretha Franklin cancer comments

In pictures: Saying goodbye to Aretha Franklin

Her heirs won't have it so simple.

Singer Gladys Knight confirmed that she never said that she had pancreatic cancer, like her late friend Aretha Franklin. According to Entertainment Tonight, Aretha's lawyer of 28 years, Don Wilson, says the reason for no will was simply because she didn't get around to it. She just kept driving and driving, and she knew it was a disease that would take her out, and she just kept on doing what she does best.

As for why some clients don't make out a will, Laura Zwicker, an attorney who specializes in estate planning but is not affiliated with the Franklin estate, says she sees it happen all too often.

"The other Sunday on my show, you know, I misspelled 'respect, ' and a lot of y'all corrected me", Sharpton said. Clarence, Aretha's eldest, is incapacitated and is represented by a guardian. Franklin's father, C. L. Franklin, was a prominent minister who organized one of the largest civil rights marches in Detroit.

According to MI law, Franklin's four sons, Clarence Franklin, Edward Franklin, Kecalf Franklin and Ted White Jr, will divide their mother's assets equally in the absence of a will. Franklin's niece, Sabrina Owens, has accepted the role of executor for the estate, and the case is before Judge Jennifer Callaghan. Bennett did not respond to phone and email messages seeking comment.

Organizers of Aretha Franklin's funeral insist it will be a spirit-filled service, not a show.

"Remember your family, and friends that have been with you for years", Moten told the men.

Smokey Robinson, who grew up in Franklin's neighborhood, issued a subdued, emotional tribute, telling the crowd one of his "longest friends has gone home", before breaking into an a cappella version of "Really Gonna Miss You". "You will also meet some people that will have the best investments in the world for you", he said.

In pictures: Saying goodbye to Aretha Franklin
Mourners gather for Aretha Franklin’s funeral; diva dressed in gold

She won 18 Grammy awards and was feted for her civil rights work, raising money for the cause and inspiring activists with her anthems. The figure nearly certainly runs into the tens of millions, but there will probably be widely varying estimates as her attorneys seek to downplay her wealth for tax purposes and the IRS tries to maximize the amount for its own reasons. Like her father, her voice became central in the civil rights movements, with many adding "Respect" and her 1968 hit "Think" to the canon of pivotal protest anthems.

In exchange for her prodigious talent, the American audience gave Franklin 20 No. 1 R&B hits and 17 Top 10 Pop singles.

Other assets belonging to Aretha include property in the Detroit area worth $2 million.

Sharpton criticised President Donald Trump, who after Franklin's death reportedly said "she worked for me". "She worked for us".

Some heirs, like Franklin's son Clarence, may need more than others, and that can be a hard and touchy decision for a parent, Zwicker said.

"People don't like to face their own mortality", Zwicker said. "To accept that and put it on paper can be hard for a parent".

Flowers adorn the casket of Aretha Franklin as it is laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018.

Political dignitaries and music royalty led the tributes to Aretha Franklin at her star-studded funeral on Friday, joining her family and members of the public in bidding goodbye to America's "Queen of Soul". At Friday's service, Caesar sang with a more up-and-coming gospel artist, Tasha Cobbs Leonard.

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