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.
The theft investigation was first reported by The Blast, a celebrity news website that says Franklin’s estate is locked in a battle with Franklin’s 61-year-old son, Edward, who was born when the singer was just 14.
Edward, The Blast reports, has been trying to get a court order to force the estate to produce monthly financial documents to Franklin’s heirs. But the estate won’t turn over the information because, it claims, that could negatively impact the criminal investigation involving missing assets from the estate.
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