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Aretha Franklin left no will, report says

ASSETS: Details of Aretha Franklin's estate will become public

ARETHA FRANKLIN died without making a will or trust, according to reports.

The soul singer who died from pancreatic cancer last week is understood to have failed to assign her assets to loved ones in the advent of her death.

The lack of a will or a trust means that the state of Franklin’s finances will soon become public knowledge.

Franklin’s four sons submitted a document this week listing themselves as interested parties in her estate, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The form seen by the publication read: "The decedent died intestate and after exercising reasonable diligence, I am unaware of any unrevoked testamentary instrument relating to property located in this state as defined.”

It is also understood that Franklin’s niece Sabrina Owens has requested the court to appoint her as a personal representative for the estate.

Under Michigan law, in the event that an unmarried person dies without leaving a will, their assets are divided equally between any children they have.

Don Wilson, a Los Angeles lawyer and Franklin’s legal representative in copyright, song publishing and record deal matters, told the Detroit Free Press: "I was after her for a number of years to do a trust.

"It would have expedited things and kept them out of probate, and kept things private."

Some have estimated the Queen of Soul's fortune to be $80 million.

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