Aretha Franklin ‘Missing’ At New Orleans Fest, Will ‘Pay On’ Tax Debt

Aretha Franklin has gone missing at the New Orleans Jazz Festival. According to organizers, the Queen of Soul canceled her anticipated appearance late Thursday, nearly 24 hours prior to the time she was to take the stage. Luckily festival organizers were able to pull in another act, Earth Wind & Fire, to replace the Queen but are unsure of just why she canceled at the last minute. In related news, Franklin has agreed to pay the state of Michigan an estimated $11,000 worth of delinquent taxes. In April, Detroit News reported that the state had put a lien on Franklin’s 1.8 million home in Bloomfield HIlls. Speaking with the Detroit News last week, Franklin acknowledged the debt, telling the paper it “becomes a little difficult” to keep up with her finances when she’s on the road.


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