‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin leaves Sh100m uncashed cheques

The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin died with nearly $1 million (Sh100 million) in uncashed checks.

The checks were discovered when the late singer’s possessions were being put into inventory.

The inventory found the singer had a  check for $702,711.90 from Sound Exchange and Screen Writers Guild, checks to her publishing company, Springtime Publishing, from EMI, BMI, Carlin Music and Feel Good Films in the amount of $285,944.27.

A total, $988,656.17 in uncashed checks were found.

The singer who died one year ago at the age of 76 left behind four sons Clarence, Edward, Teddy, and Kecalf.

With no will found after her death, her estate was divided equally between her four sons.

In May three handwritten wills, two from 2010 and one from 2014 were found in her house. The wills are currently under review by a handwriting expert.

Franklin was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, and civil rights, activist.

Queen of Soul: Aretha Franklin dies at the age of 76

Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at church in Michigan where her father was a minister.

She became a secular artist recording for Columbia Records at the age of 18.

Her hit songs were respect, Chain of Fools, Think, I never loved a man and I say a little prayer.

By the end of the 1960s, Aretha Franklin had come to be known as “The Queen of Soul”.

May her soul rest in eternal peace.

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RIP Aretha Franklin: Maina Kageni leads heartfelt tributes to the ‘Queen of Soul’

The world is reacting in shock tot he sad news of the death of Aretha Franklin.

Kenyan celebrities have written tributes, and Classic 105’s Maina Kageni is among them.

The long-reigning Queen of Soul died on Thursday at the age of 76 from advanced pancreatic cancer.

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Maina Kageni wrote thanking her for her music;

Bien-Aime Baraza of Sauti Sol also wrote calling her ‘One of the best vocalists of all time.’

Tanzanian music artiste Vanessa Mdee also paid tribute.

Thankyou Queen 👑 Rest Easy 👼 #ArethaFranklin #GOAT

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In addition Sheila Mwanyigha did too.

Queen of Soul: Aretha Franklin dies at the age of 76

Likewise, some of the international tributes included;

Mariah Carey, who performed with Franklin on many occasions shared several tweets in which she described Franklin as “my inspiration, my mentor and my friend”.

Also, Elton John called her death ‘a blow for everybody who loves real music: Music from the heart, the soul and the Church.’

Aretha Franklin’s incredible rendition of Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’

Similarly, fans flocked to the Soul icon’s star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame to pay their tribute adorning Aretha’s star with a crown and beautiful flower bouquets.



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