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Quick Facts About Aretha’s 4 Sons Edward, Clarence, Ted White Jr. & Kecalf Cunningham

September 1, 2018

2Edward Franklin was born when his mother was 14 years old, and she described his father as a “player.” Just one year after giving birth to her first child, Aretha Franklin became pregnant again with another boy. She named her second son Edward, after his father Edward Jordan, and he was born on January 22, […]

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Edward “Eddie” Franklin, Aretha Franklin’s Son: Quick Facts & Photos

August 31, 2018

Who Is Edward “Eddie” Franklin? Edward Franklin is the second oldest son of Aretha Franklin, born on January 22, 1957 to Franklin and Edward Jordan. He was a part Franklin’s star-studded funeral service Friday (Aug. 31) at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, MI, singing Marvin Gaye’s “Mercy Mercy Me” as a […]

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Queen of Soul Wore Rose Gold for Final Church Viewing

August 31, 2018

A third viewing for Aretha Franklin was held at her home church New Bethel Baptist in Detroit, Michigan Thursday (Aug. 30), and, as expected, the Queen of Soul underwent yet another outfit change. This time, she was wearing a “rose gold custom knit suit with pink beaded lace.” The Detroit Free Press reported “she also […]

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Aretha Franklin Had an Outfit Change for Final Public Viewing

August 30, 2018

Aretha Franklin wouldn’t be caught dead wearing the same outfit two days in a row. Literally. The Queen of Soul had two public viewings over a two-day period at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History of her hometown of Detroit, Michigan, and on each of those days, she was wearing a new […]

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Aretha Franklin Open Casket Photo Goes Viral, Family Wanted “Respectful Photo” to Share With Fans Who Couldn’t Attend Viewing

August 29, 2018

Hundreds and hundreds of fans lined up to pay their respects to the late Aretha Franklin Tuesday (Aug. 28) as she lay in repose at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African Museum of African American History in Detroit, Michigan. Franklin’s body made a regal entrance at the museum in a glossy, gold casket that […]

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Man Shot During Argument Over Who Should Play Aretha Franklin in Her Biopic

August 23, 2018

Police say an argument over who should star as Aretha Franklin in a movie about her life led to a shooting at a barbershop in Suffolk, Virginia. According to WTRK-TV, last Thursday (Aug. 16), two men—44-year-old Michael Hatton and 47-year-old Tony Lundy, had a disagreement about whether or not Halle Berry played or would play […]

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Fox News Apologizes for Using Patti Labelle Photo to Honor Aretha Franklin

August 19, 2018

Fox News was forced to issue an apology after the network mistakenly showed an image of Patti LaBelle during a segment that was supposed to honor the life of Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday (Aug. 16) at the age of 76. The segment featured a composite image showing Franklin in the foreground and LaBelle in […]

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“Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin Dead at 76

August 16, 2018

Aretha Franklin, best known as the “Queen of Soul,” died Thursday (Aug. 16) following a lengthy battle with advanced pancreatic cancer. According to TMZ, Franklin passed away around 9:50 a.m. in her Detroit home where she had been under hospice care, her publicist Gwendolyn Quinn told the Associated Press. The “Respect” singer had been in […]

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Beyoncé, JAY-Z & DJ Khaled Dedicate Detroit Concert to Aretha Franklin Amid Reports She’s “Gravely Ill”

August 16, 2018

On Monday night (Aug. 13), after reports emerged saying that Aretha Franklin was “gravely ill” and living her last days, Beyoncé and JAY-Z dedicated their “On The Run II Tour” concert in Franklin’s hometown of Detroit to the Queen of Soul. After performing their first song, “Holy Grail,” at Ford Field, Beyoncé told the cheering […]

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Aretha Franklin Is “Alert, Talking, Laughing” With Family, Nephew Says

August 16, 2018

Amid news reports that Aretha Franklin is “gravely ill” with cancer, her nephew says she is in good spirits and she and the family are hoping she’ll “pull through.” Tim Franklin tells PEOPLE that his aunt is “alert, laughing, teasing, able to recognize people.” He said, “Family is there with her. She’s home.” Tim said […]

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