*Well dang, how about this news we’re learning about what happened to Aretha Franklin before she died. Apparently somebody stole money from her.
Authorities in Michigan are conducting an investigation into the theft of Aretha’s assets before she died, according to legal documents, obtained by TMZ.
The criminal probe involves someone inappropriately using her funds. A report was filed last June, but it’s unclear exactly how much money’s gone missing.
As we reported earlier, the IRS is going at her estate, claiming she owes more than $6.3 mil in back taxes. And, she’s being dogged over legal bills.
In related news, the Recording Academy™, AEG Ehrlich Ventures, Clive Davis, and CBS will pay tribute to the legendary career of 18-time GRAMMY® winner and 2008 MusiCares® Person of the Year honoree Aretha Franklin by presenting “Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul.”
Performing songs from her legendary repertoire are GRAMMY winners Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Alessia Cara, Kelly Clarkson, Common, Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Patti LaBelle, and BeBe Winans as well as current GRAMMY nominees Brandi Carlile, Chloe X Halle, H.E.R., Janelle Monáe, and SZA. Actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry will host the unforgettable night. Additional unique performances to be announced in the coming weeks.
The live concert will tape Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, at 6 p.m. PT at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The special will be broadcast later in 2019 on the CBS Television Network. Presale concert tickets go on sale (use code Aretha) Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, at 10 a.m. PT, general tickets go on sale Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, at 10 a.m. PT and available for purchase at AXS.com.
Aretha Franklin’s reign as the Queen of Soul is incomparable and undisputed,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. “For more than six decades, her extraordinary artistic achievements coupled with her passionate dedication to her philanthropic work—which ranged from children’s and artists’ issues to civil rights activism—served as a testament to her power, majesty, and genius. These gifts positioned her as a true cultural icon, and the Recording Academy is honored to celebrate her inspirational legacy.”