Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin, Has Passed Away At Age 76
Legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin has sadly died aged 76 in Detroit. In recent days, it had been reported that she had been seriously ill with her family by her bedside.
A family statement for the late singer says: “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. 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.”
Known as ‘The Queen of Soul’, in her career Franklin won 18 Grammy awards, was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and had a seven-decade spanning discography including anthems such as ‘Respect’, ‘Think’, ‘Say A Little Prayer’ and ‘I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)’.
Franklin was once awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W Bush and once reduced President Barack Obama to tears at a Kennedy Center Honours ceremony with her performance of ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman’.
In 2010, the singer was diagnosed with cancer and retired from music last year.
An inspiration to countless musicians, tributes for Franklin have been flooding in on social media. On Instagram Elton John recounted her last ever performance: “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.
He signed off: “The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen.”
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
As the One and Only ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin was simply peerless. She has reigned supreme. and will always be held in the highest firmament of stars as the most exceptional vocalist, performer and recording artist the world has ever been privilege… https://t.co/7DH7TIP3Nl pic.twitter.com/HfQh7kLM4o
— Annie Lennox (@AnnieLennox) August 16, 2018
The moment I wake up, before I put on my make up, I say a little prayer for you
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) August 16, 2018
we love you Aretha!! 💙 rest in peace Queen 💙
— Chilombo (@JheneAiko) August 16, 2018
I’m sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin.
— Ms. Ross (@DianaRoss) August 16, 2018
The Queen of Soul has left this earth to sit on her throne in heaven. How blessed we were to hear the best that God had to offer in her voice. RESPECT!
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— Lenny Kravitz (@LennyKravitz) August 16, 2018
RIP Aretha Franklin what a voice x
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) August 16, 2018
Salute to the Queen. The greatest vocalist I've ever known. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 #Aretha
— John Legend (@johnlegend) August 16, 2018
Let’s all take a moment to give thanks for the beautiful life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years. She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever. Love Paul pic.twitter.com/jW4Gpwfdts
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) August 16, 2018
The world has lost a true icon. RIP Aretha.