Florence Ballard was the founding member, and original leader, of the Supremes - the most successful female group in history. With enduring classics such as Stop! In the name of Love, they had 10 number one hits in just 3 years. But for Flo, the fame and the pressures of the business were just too much to cope with. She turned to alcohol, and was kicked out of the band she founded at the age of just 23. Within a few years she was a single mother of three living on welfare, and by the age of 32 she was dead. Expert pathologist Dr Michael Hunter uncovers the truth behind her tragic early death.
Autopsy: The Last Hours of...
At 09:50am on August 16, 2018 Aretha Franklin tragically died, aged 76. Aretha will endure as one of the world’s greatest ever vocalists, who entertained us for over 50 years with her unique brand of gospel, soul and pop music. Her genius reached into many diverse genres of music, and she wrote and produced some of the most enduring classics of modern times, setting the bar for modern vocalists. Renowned for her generosity, Aretha stood for civil rights worldwide, and gave voice to the struggles of millions of people. A fiercely private woman, Aretha overcame her own childhood trauma and had to face tragedy and heartbreak throughout her life as she battled with booze, cigarettes and her diet. Aretha was always a fighter, and she bravely resisted the rare but treatable cancer that finally took her life. So how did she come to have this fatal disease? Dr Michael Hunter, world renowned medical examiner, will investigate and analyse all the available evidence; Aretha’s medical history and first hand accounts from her life, to find out what caused the deadly cancer that took such an incredible icon’s life.