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Late American Singer,Aretha Franklin’s Family Fight Over Her N28.9bn Estate

Late American legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin’s family members are fighting over the estate she left behind less than a year after she died

Ever since the death of an American soul singer Aretha Franklin died, her son, Kecalf Cunningham, no longer wants her niece, Sabrina, to be the executor of her will and has gone to court to stop her. Another family member, Theodore White II, has also gone to court as he wants to be named co-executor or personal representative alongside Sabrina

Aretha  Franklin died on August 16, 2018, survived with four children and also left behind an estate worth N28.9 billion, her family is allegedly at loggerheads over who manages the singer’s estate. although it was widely reported that Aretha did not leave behind an official will, handwritten wills were allegedly found shortly after her death. The document from 2014 is said to show that Franklin named her son, Kecalf, to represent the estate.

The family is said to be locked in a court battle the late singer left an $80 million (N28.9 billion) estate. Franklin died in August 2018, at the age of 76 after a battle with cancer without leaving a will to divide her assets among family or friends, neither did she declare the executor of her estate.

With seemingly no principle to guide on the sharing formula from the late singer before her death, her niece Sabrina Owens was made executor of the estate. But according to TMZ, Aretha’s sons want to take control of the estate from Sabrina. One of the singer’s sons Kecalf Cunningham pleads with a judge to grant a temporary restraining order against Sabrina.

This will hinder her from taking decisions on behalf of the estate until the court decides maybe she should have the authority permanently or not.



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