Aretha Franklin Dies at 76.

August 16, 2018
 
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(Photo Credit: ZUMA Press ~ Atlantic Records)
 
The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin has passed today at the age of 76.
 
Franklin, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, died in Detroit. The legendary Memphis born singer was diagnosed with cancer back in 2010 and announced last year that she was retiring from the role of the musician. 
 
Franklin was known for many legendary songs over her long seven-decade career. She is well known for songs like being Respect and Think. The late great singer gave her final performance just last November at a Gala in New York that was held in aid of the Elton John Aids Foundation. 
 
Franklin was also a gospel singer/pianist and a celebrated Baptist preacher and was tutored in the arts at an early age by such gospel stars as Mahalia Jackson and Clara Ward. Franklin had struggled to find fame in her early years with record label Columbia unsure how to frame her impressively powerful voice. 
 
Many stars tweeted their condolences and more to the late great singer. 
 
Franklin was renowned throughout America and Europe as "Lady Soul" - a symbol of black pride who appeared on the cover of Time and was given an award by Martin Luther King.
 
Franklin's family released a statement about the stars death. "In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart," the singer's family said in a statement to the Associated Press. "We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds."
 
The family added: "We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters, and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time."
 
R.I.P the Queen of Soul
 
 
Reporting: Britney Miller
 
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