Aretha Franklin The ‘Queen of Soul’ has died at 76. According to CNN Franklin died at 9:50 a.m. surrounded by family and friends. The official cause of death was an advanced pancreatic cancer neuroendocrine type. Her death comes just three days after it was announced that Franklin was in hospice care in her hometown Detroit, Michigan
“Aretha Franklin is not only the definitive female soul singer of the Sixties,” according to her Rolling Stone biography, “she’s also one of the most influential and important voices in pop history.” She won 18 Grammy awards, including the honor for best female R&B performance for eight straight years. Franklin sang at many pivotal points in history such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s funeral, Bill Clinton’s inauguration, and Barrack Obama’s inauguration. She was who you favorite singers patterned themselves after and wished they could be. The world lost a national treasure today, but she is no longer in pain and she is with the Lord.
Like people all around the world, Hillary and I are thinking about Aretha Franklin tonight & listening to her music that has been such an important part of our lives the last 50 years. We hope you’ll lift her up by listening and sharing her songs that have meant the most to you.
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) August 14, 2018
One of the greatest voices of all time has been silenced. My dear friend Aretha Franklin has passed. Even though her music will live on forever, the sound, the voice, and the inspiration of the Queen of Soul can never be matched. Farewell, Aretha.
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) August 16, 2018
— Sir Rod Stewart (@rodstewart) August 16, 2018
I’m sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin.
— Ms. Ross (@DianaRoss) August 16, 2018
The loss of @ArethaFranklin 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. pic.twitter.com/ug5oZYywAz
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) August 16, 2018
Check out two of my favorite Aretha Franklin aka Auntie Re Re songs below:
Rest in heaven Queen!
Kinfolks drop your favorite Aretha Franklin songs in the comments section.