Aretha Franklin didn’t leave a will behind before she passed away days ago.
This is a surprising move for someone of her status and considering she was ill for a few years.
According to documents obtained by TMZ, the legend didn’t leave any plans for her $80 million estate.
It’s especially surprising given that she has a special needs son named Clarence who needs financial and other forms of support for his entire life.
She gave birth to Clarence, her first son at 13.
According to Michigan law, Aretha’s four kids will share that hefty fortune equally.
Aretha passed away on August 17 in Detroit after a long fight with pancreatic cancer.
Top 7 things you should know about Aretha Franklin
1. Aretha Franklin taught herself to play the piano without knowing how to read music.
2. She got her start in Detroit as a child performing in her father’s church choir.
3. As a teenager she traveled with Reverened Martin Luther King Jr, she later gave a soul-stirring performance at his funeral in 1968.
4. She was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 1987.
5. Her rare four-octave vocal range was the magic behind her power house presence.
6. In 2005, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of freedom, an honor she received for her lifetime achievements in the arts.
7. She has performed at three US presidential inaugurations.