Social media awash with tributes for 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin

17 August, 2018, 21:59 | Author: Ethel Goodwin
  • Aretha Franklin dies at 76

Legendary singer Aretha Franklin, dubbed the "Queen of Soul", passed away this morning in Detroit.

The singer died at her home in Detroit surrounded by family and loved ones, her family said in a statement.

The mother-of-four's family said her oncologist confirmed her cause of death was due to the pancreatic cancer she had been battling for several years.

"We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin's family and friends", Jessica Santostefano, Vice President, Media Desk at Fox News told The Wrap.

The statement continued: "Thank you for your compassion and prayers. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this hard time".

In 2005, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W Bush, when she was saluted for "capturing the hearts of millions of Americans". To honor her mentor and civil rights icon, Franklin volunteered to sing at his funeral. Her last performance was the 25th anniversary gala for the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which was held in November 2017. "Goodbye, Queen of Soul".

She will forever be the Queen of Soul and so much more to all who knew her personally and through her music. According to the Miami Herald, the singer recorded hits such as "Don't Play That Song (You Lied)" and "Spirit in the Dark" at Criterion Studios, a North Miami recording studio now operating as the Hit Factory.

Franklin graced the stage at the inaugurations for Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

"Franklin's timeless mid-Sixties hits-"Respect", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", "Think" and "Chain of Fools", among others-helped cement her status as one of the most celebrated, influential and commercially successful vocalists in the history of popular music. Flo Rida posted, "I was blessed to meet Miss Aretha Franklin after her concert in Miami Beach". We were a little concerned, uh oh, how's she going to react to this costume.

The Queen of Soul died Thursday after a short time in hospice care, and her loss has left fans like Jay DeVaughn feeling a void inside them.

That same year she was tapped to sing at the memorial service of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. where she performed a stirring rendition of "Precious Lord, Take My Hand".

At 16 years of age, Franklin went on tour with him, just after recording her first album. "But we do have a chance to earn something more enduring", he added.

Vulture notes that LaBelle's tweet may finally mark the end of an ongoing feud that existed between her and Franklin. She, too, shared a picture she had taken with Franklin herself. "Not only was she a uniquely brilliant singer, but her commitment to civil rights made an indelible impact on the world".



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