Eddie Franklin, Aretha Franklin's Son Attacked at Detroit Gas Station

Aretha and Eddie Franklin
Aretha and Eddie Franklin

Aretha Franklin’s son, Eddie Franklin, underwent emergency surgery today after being severely assaulted by two men and a woman at a gas station in Detroit.

Eddie, 52, was taken to a local hospital by an unidentified person at the station who then filed a police report.  But police officials  are not sure what happened and when they went to talk to Eddie today, they made a discovery.

“When our officers went to talk to him at the hospital, he had already checked himself out and left,” Detroit Police Sgt. Eren Stephens said.

Aretha Franklins’ spokeswoman, Gwendolyn Quinn, told the Detroit News, that Eddie was the victim of an unprovoked attack near Plymouth and Evergreen. Two men and a woman assaulted Franklin, 52, near Plymouth and Evergreen, Quinn said. The female suspect appeared to be about 19 years old.

There was no security video at the gas station to help investigators sort out the situation, police said.   “We have nothing at all,” Stephens said.

Detroit police confirmed that Franklin was found at a gas station in the city. An acquaintance took Franklin to an area hospital.  The person then told police what happened but the identity of the person who helped Eddie Franklin has not been released.

Aretha had Eddie when she 16 years old, and Eddie’s older brother Clarence when she was 13.  She never identified the father of the boys, and left them with her grandmother Rachel while she pursued her career.

The multiple Grammy winner also had two more sons: Ted White Jr., 46, with husband Ted White and Kecalf, 40, with road manager Ken Cunningham.

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