Aretha Franklin, the legendary 'Queen of Soul', dies aged 76

Lynette Rowe
August 17, 2018

Tributes are pouring in for Aretha Franklin who passed away Thursday morning of advanced pancreatic cancer in her Detroit home.

Franklin died at 9:50 a.m.at her home in Detroit, surrounded by family and friends, according to a statement on behalf of Franklin's family from her longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family.

'We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on.

"Thank you Aretha Franklin for getting me through tough days", Twitter user, Pablo, said.

"In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade- our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect".

Franklin, who has performed in front of Queen Elizabeth II, Bill Clinton and Barrack Obama, started to wind down her career in 2010 after undergoing surgery to remove an undisclosed tumour.

The '80s were rough going for many singers from Franklin's generation, especially those determined to stay on the charts.

"She represents music. Black soulful music". She won a Golden Globe award for "Never gonna break my faith". She begins her solo with "The moment I wake up/Before I put on my makeup/I say a little" before backup singers chime in with "prayer for you".

Last year, Aretha gave her last performance at a gala in NY held in aid of the Elton John Aids Foundation.

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"There's a saying that (goes) 'We stand on the shoulders of giants.' And Miss Franklin was one of them", said the San Antonio musician.

Singer Diana Ross kept her tribute simple.

Barbra Streisand shared a photo of her and Franklin from 2012, tweeting: "It's hard to conceive of a world without her". I was fortunate enough to spend time with her and witness her last performance. She would also win a total of 18 Grammys, and in 1987, was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. She got a musical education from gospel greats: the Staple Singers, the Soul Stirrers, James Cleveland and The Mighty Clouds of Joy.

When Aretha announced her retirement in 2017, Patti reacted with genuine sadness and told The Kansas City Star: 'Child, I'm going to be singing with my boots on until I fall down.

Let's all take a moment to give thanks for the lovely life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years.

This was Franklin's artistic breakthrough - and a landmark in American music.

"How'd you get your trousers so tight?" she asks some dreamboat in the ebullient Freeway of Love, which is reason enough to ride with her. Aretha attended Northern High School until she had to drop out.

The memorial outside New Bethel Baptist Church grew by the hour as Franklin's fans and old friends came by to pay their respects.

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