Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin Passes Away At Age 76
Today is a sad day for the world as Aretha Franklin, the Queen Of Soul passes away at age 76
According to a statement given by longtime publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, Franklin passed peacefully at 9:50 a.m. this morning at her home in Detroit, Michigan. Franklin was surrounded by friends and family during her last hours.
The statement said that the "official cause of death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin's oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit."
Tributes have been flowing in around the internet from everyone ranging from Barack Obama to Elton John, Ringo Starr, Oprah Winfrey and President Donald Trump to name a few.
God bless Aretha Franklin the queen of soul and peace and love to her family 😎✌️🌟💖🎵🎶☮️— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) August 16, 2018
Whether it was Gospel, Blues, Jazz, R&B, Pop,or Civil Rights, Aretha Franklin was the greatest gift and the voice of a generation. She could turn any song into a hymn. She will be greatly missed here on earth, but that band in heaven just got our Angel— Willie Nelson (@WillieNelson) August 16, 2018
Rest In Peace Aretha
Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace. pic.twitter.com/bfASqKlLc5— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 16, 2018
The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is dead. She was a great woman, with a wonderful gift from God, her voice. She will be missed!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2018
Her death came three days after it was reported by CNN's Don Lemon that the singer was in hospice care. "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," Franklin's family said.
Throughout her professional career, Franklin not only came out with countless songs beloved by the entire world but became a singing legend, synonymous with soul. Her songs “Respect”, "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," and "Think" are all classics performed by the amazing artist. Franklin was also the first woman to be admitted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, had 88 Billboard chart hits, more than two dozen Top 40 hits and won 18 Grammy awards, including the honor for best female R&B performance for eight straight years. Franklins' original 1967 version of "Respect" can be heard below.
Funeral arrangements are planned to be announced in the coming days. While it pains our hearts to see her go, we will forever remember the amazing impact she made on the world and the music industry throughout the 20th centenary. Let us know some of your favorite Aretha Franklin songs in the comments section below and be sure to subscribe to The Sitch for more entertainment news.