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Aretha’s lack of a will could make things rocky for heirs

03 September 2018

Here are five books in celebration of the unmatched and classical Aretha Franklin.

The Army tweeted that it wanted to pay tribute to a "musical icon and inspiration".

On Friday, the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit embodied the spirit, the fierceness and the joy of Aretha Franklin.

In a send-off both grand and personal, a celebrity lineup of mourners filled the same Detroit church that hosted Rosa Parks' funeral and offered prayers, songs and dozens of tributes.

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Fans have been lined up for hours outside the Greater Grace Temple awaiting the chance to attend the service, which will feature performances by Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson and speeches by former President Bill Clinton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Smokey Robinson.

He noted Franklin's commitment to her beliefs, even after great commercial success, suggesting the riches and fame that followed hits like "Respect" and "Chain of Fools" could have pulled her away. "Any time they don't leave a trust or will, there always ends up being a fight". "I was like, 'How are you a real person?' It's an honor to have met her, and we're gonna celebrate her".

The daughter of a prominent Baptist preacher and civil rights activist, she sang at the funeral of Martin Luther King Jr, as well as the inaugurations of presidents Clinton and Obama.

Aretha's youngest son, Kecalf Cunningham, born in 1970 as a result of an 8-year relationship with her road manager Ken Cunningham is a Christian rapper who, like his older brothers, has also performed with his superstar mother several times on stage.

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"She lived with courage".

Ariana had reportedly been selected to perform at the ceremony by the late star's family after they were moved by her rendition of Natural Woman on Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show. She looked "desperately ill" but managed to greet him by standing and saying, "How you doing, baby?" "My advice? Go slow, be careful and be smart". And the crowd laughed when President Clinton played Aretha Franklin's song "Think" on his cellphone. "It's the key to freedom", he said.

Judge Greg Mathis, one of Franklin's many friends who often talked politics with her, said that his last conversation with Franklin earlier this summer was about the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan, where government negligence has left residents living with lead-tainted water since 2014. She wore a shimmering gold dress, with sequined heels - the fourth outfit Franklin was clothed in during a week of events leading up to her funeral.

"We started at as like Aretha groupies or something", Clinton, 72, said to laughs.

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In a 12-minute tribute, Clinton said the secret to Franklin's greatness was that she took her talent "and made a decision to be the composer of her own life's song - and what a song it turned out to be".

Aretha’s lack of a will could make things rocky for heirs