The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin has passed away early today in her Detroit home, where the singer was under hospice care, due to her long fight with advanced pancreatic cancer. Sources say, she was surrounded by family and friends at the time of her passing. Her family also released a statement to the public, “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.”
Unfortunately, this isn’t much of a shock, when earlier this week, reports came out that the singer was severely ill, and a close source even told TMZ, “She could go at any time.”
We would just like to send our condolences and prayers to Aretha Franklin’s love ones.
Remember the Legendary Singer
Aretha came out on the scene in 1956, releasing her first album at the age of 14 entitled, “Songs of Faith.” By the age of 16, she went on tour with activist, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and in 1968, when Dr. King was assassinated, she even sang at his funeral.
The Queen of Soul has put out countless classics like, “Baby I Love You,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “Think,” and of course the most recognizable hit, “Respect.” The song “Respect” was original written and recorded by the other legendary singer, Otis Redding, but Aretha recorded her version of the song and released it two years later in back in 1968, and her version is the most notable and praised.
Aretha leaves behind a legacy that will never been forgotten. She has won 18 Grammys, and sold over 75 million records worldwide, which makes her one of the best-selling artists of all time.
In 1987, she was the FIRST woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2005, she became the second woman to be inducted in UK Music Hall of Fame. Not to mention, all the countess singers that we love, who were inspired by Franklin such as, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, and Beyoncé.
Some celebs took to social media to express their condolences to Aretha’s family and friends: