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Aretha Franklin Cash Stolen Before Her Death … Cops Investigating

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Aretha Franklin‘s riches weren’t getting much R-E-S-P-E-C-T, allegedly, before she died last August — cops are on the hunt for someone who stole from her.

According to legal docs, obtained by TMZ, police in Michigan are conducting an investigation into the theft of Aretha’s assets before she died.

Law enforcement sources tell us the criminal probe involves someone inappropriately using her funds. We’re told a report was filed last June, but it’s unclear exactly how much money’s gone missing.

As you know … Aretha’s finances have been under the microscope following her death. The IRS is hounding her estate, claiming she owes more than $ 6.3 mil in back taxes. And, she’s being dogged over legal bills.

We’re guessing this isn’t what Aretha had in mind when she famously sang, “I’m about to give you all of my money.” 

Aretha Franklin IRS Wants Her Money … More Than Just a Little Bit


When Aretha Franklin died in August she left behind a legacy as the undisputed “Queen of Soul” … and also a huge debt to Uncle Sam.

According to legal docs obtained by TMZ … the IRS claims Franklin owes more than $ 6.3 MILLION in back taxes from 2012 to 2018, and an additional $ 1.5 mil in penalties.

Aretha’s reps tell us the massive tax lien is the result of several audits over the last 6 years. The weird thing … one of the years in question is listed as 2018, and that tax year is not over.

We broke the story … the “Respect” singer’s being dogged in death by more than just the tax man — her lawyer also filed docs in October demanding the estate pony up nearly $ 54k to cover bills dating back 6 years.

There’s also a new lien filed by a publishing company that wants $ 136,000 for royalties in connection with the 1973 song “Angel.”

Say a little prayer for the person managing her finances.

Gold Medalist Missy Franklin Retires From Swimming … At 23 Years Old

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Missy Franklin — the Olympic prodigy who won 4 gold medals as a 17-year-old in the London Games — has announced she’s putting an end to her swimming career at just 23 years old.

The first American woman ever to earn 4 golds in one Olympics in any sport announced in a statement on ESPN on Wednesday that shoulder injuries are putting an end to her career.

“It took me a long time to say the words, ‘I am retiring,'” Franklin wrote … “A long, long time. But now I’m ready. I’m ready to not be in pain every day.”

“I’m ready to become a wife, one day a mother. I’m ready to continue growing each and every day to be the best person and role model I can be. I’m ready for the rest of my life.”

Franklin was an absolute monster in the 2012 Olympics … smashing world records and boat racing the competition.

But, Missy is perhaps MOST famous for turning down all the cash that coulda come from her success in those Games … ’cause she opted to not go pro and instead swim at Cal Berkeley.

Franklin disappointed years later in the 2016 Olympics in Rio … failing to earn medals in her individual’s events — and later revealing she battled injuries, depression, insomnia and anxiety during those Games.

“This is by no means the end,” Franklin wrote of her retirement.

“Rather, I choose to look at this as a new beginning. Swimming has been, and always will be, a big part of my life and I absolutely plan to stay involved in what I feel is the best sport in the world, just in a different way.”