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Franklin’s family says eulogy was offensive and distasteful

NEW YORK — The late Aretha Franklin’s family says it found an Atlanta pastor’s eulogy delivered at the Queen of Soul’s funeral last week to be offensive and distasteful.

The singer’s nephew Vaughn Franklin said Monday that the family was taken by surprise at the Reverend Jasper Williams Jr.’s words. There was heavy social media criticism of his eulogy on Friday. Williams described children being in a home without a father as “abortion after birth” and said black lives do not matter unless blacks stop killing each other.

Vaughn Franklin said the family expected a proper eulogy that concentrated on his aunt’s life.

Williams’ spokesman said in statement Monday evening that Williams respects the family’s opinion and that he’s sorry they feel that way.