The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, passed away early this morning at her home in Detroit, she was 76 years old.
Franklin had been battling a number of illnesses over the years, and earlier this week was listed as “gravely ill” by family and friends. While asking for privacy and prayers, they also said they were “prepared for the worst”, according to BET. Franklin’s publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn has reportedly said, her cause of death is being listed as advanced pancreatic cancer.
The Queen of Soul had a career in music that spanned more than five decades, with over 100 singles on the Billboard chart, she sold over 75 million records worldwide, won 18 Grammy awards, one Golden Globe, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 1987 was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. She also performed at the presidential inaugurations of Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, respectively.
As news of her failing health spread rapidly over the past few days, Reverend Jesse Jackson and Stevie Wonder reportedly visited her at bedside to pay their respects. As well as Beyonce and Jay-Z dedicating their ‘On The Run’ tour stop in Detroit this past Monday night, to Franklin.
Franklin’s last performance took place on November 7, 2017 in New York City, at Elton John’s 25th anniversary gala for the ‘Elton John AIDS Foundation’. It was at that event where John declared Franklin the “greatest singer of all time”.
Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul, she will be sorely missed by many, but her music will live on forever.