Aretha Franklin’s estate in turmoil as police investigate theft

The Bloomfield Township, Michigan, police department is investigating a theft from Aretha Franklin’s estate, which has been embroiled in controversy both before and since the late singer’s death.

Police Lt. Timothy Abbo told the Detroit Free Press late Thursday an active theft investigation is underway involving the Queen of Soul’s suburban mansion, but that it started before Franklin’s death. He offered no further details.

Franklin died of pancreatic cancer in August in her Detroit riverfront apartment at the age of 76. At the time of her death, she still owned her 4,148-square-foot Colonial-style home in Bloomfield Township, which has drawn scrutiny by the Internal Revenue Service.

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