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Former boyfriend of Aretha Franklin dies from COVID-19

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Posted at 10:19 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 22:21:46-04

(WXYZ) — The former boyfriend of the late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, has died. Willie Wilkerson died due to complications from the coronavirus, 7 Action News confirmed Wednesday.

According to a Detroit Free Press report, Wilkerson was admitted into Providence Hospital in Rochester on March 30.

Wilkerson was 72 years old and leaves behind a wife and four children.

Aretha Franklin died on Aug. 16 from advanced pancreatic cancer at the age of 76.