Amanda Naccarato | Report
The ‘Queen of Soul’ gospel singer best known for her songs ‘Respect’ and ‘Natural Woman’ has died.
Aretha Franklin, who became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, passed away early this morning at her home in Detroit with her family and friends by her side.
Franklin’s passing comes with deep sadness as reports earlier this week from the singer’s publicist Gwendolyn Quinn confirmed that the 76-year-old had been gravely ill, battling pancreatic cancer.
Quinn released a statement this morning on behalf of the family which reads in part, “We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family.”
Celebrities, including fellow singers Elton John and Paul McCartney, have already taken to social media to send their condolences and celebrate their memories of the singer.
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The loss of Aretha Franklin is a blow for everybody who loves real music: Music from the heart, the soul and the Church. Her voice was unique, her piano playing underrated – she was one of my favourite pianists. I was fortunate enough to spend time with her and witness her last performance – a benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation at St John The Divine Cathedral. She was obviously unwell, and I wasn’t sure she could perform. But Aretha did and she raised the roof. She sang and played magnificently, and we all wept. We were witnessing the greatest soul artist of all time. I adored her and worshipped her talent. God bless her. My condolences to all her family and friends. We shared the same birthday – and that meant so much to me. The whole world will miss her but will always rejoice in her remarkable legacy. The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen. @arethasings #RIP #ArethaFranklin #QueenOfSoul @ejaf
The soul singer has left a tremendous legacy behind and will be dearly missed by all those she has touched with her love and music.
More details to follow.
Feature image from CBS News.