Aretha Franklin reportedly did not leave a will.
According to documents obtained by TMZ, the iconic singer died intestate at age 76. Franklin, who suffered from pancreatic cancer and was in grave health in the days leading up to her death last week, had no financial preparations in place at the time of her death, the website reports.
According to sources, the “Respect” singer had a son, Clarence, who has special needs and will require financial support for the rest of his life.
Following the news of her death, the Franklin family said, “In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our hearts. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family.”
The good news is that her estate—reportedly worth more than $80 million at the time of her death, will be split evenly among Clarence and his three brothers, according to Michigan state law.
Business Insider reports that the executor, who administers the process of transferring assets, will be appointed by the court. However, as with the case of Prince, who also died without a will, the executor can collect millions in fees while the family receives nothing until the value of the estate is established.
Franklin will be laid to rest on Aug. 31, at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. There will be an open-casket viewing for the public in the days prior.