The Moment Aretha Franklin Found Out Her Father Was Shot: Watch Doc


Most Americans know the Queen of Soul. Aretha Franklin sold tens of millions of records in a career that led to numerous Grammy Awards and a place in the inaugural class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But most don’t know that her , C.L. , was famous too.

Now, Geraldo Rivera takes viewers back to the night that the pastor and civil rights leader was critically by home intruders in the upcoming REELZ documentary Murder in the Family: Franklin, airing Saturday, February 13.

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Some of his most famous sermons were “Dry Bones in the Valley” and “The Eagle Stirreth Her Nest”; the latter was added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. Franklin was also known for his singing, which probably doesn’t come as a surprise given his daughter Aretha’s acclaimed musical journey.

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“Two-thousand miles away from the scene, [Aretha] was helpless so she prays with her cousin backstage, hoping to see her father alive again,” says entertainment journalist Alicia Quarles in the upcoming

C.L. sadly passed away on July 27, 1984, aged 69, in Detroit’s New Light Nursing Home. But now, REELZ asks, “Will the cops find justice for Aretha Franklin’s murder in the family?”

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