According to Billboard, a press release from PETA says that the furs will be sent to people in refugee camps and homeless shelters—furs will also be used as bedding for orphaned animals in wildlife rehab facilities. Other celebrities have donated their furs to the program, including Mariah Carey, Mary Tyler Moore, and Sharon Osbourne.
“By donating Aretha Franklin’s fur coats to PETA, her family could expand her legacy of social justice to animals,” PETA Executive President Tracy Reiman said. “While we can’t bring back the animals who suffered and died for them, these coats can help others by providing some much-needed warmth to orphaned animals and humans in desperate need.”
The Queen of Soul passed away on Aug. 16 at the age of 76. Reports had been circulating for days that the musical icon was gravely ill. She died at her own home, in hospice care, according to the Associated Press.