Aretha Franklin dead: Queen of Soul passes away at age 76

"The Queen of Soul", Aretha Franklin, has passed away at the age of 76.

The publicist for Franklin confirmed that she had died on Thursday at her home in Detroit.

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

"Initially you're saddened, but then when you think about her being a child of God, you know it's about eternal life not just life", said Smith.

The statement continued: "Thank you for your compassion and prayers". We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us great comfort to know her legacy will live on. "There were times that we were asked to go to the back of the restaurant - say - or we couldn't use the bathrooms".

The singer's final public performance was last November, when she sang at an Elton John AIDS Foundation gala in NY. In 1987, she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Barbra Streisand shared a photo of her and Franklin from 2012, tweeting: "It's hard to conceive of a world without her". She made global headlines in 2008, when she sang "My Country 'Tis of Thee" during President Barack Obama's inauguration.

By the end of the 1960s she had gained the title "Queen of Soul".

The man who helped her record "Respect" was the producer Jerry Wexler, a one-time journalist and the son of a German Jewish father and Polish Jewish mother from the Bronx, New York.

Legendary singer, Aretha Franklin is dead.

Franklin had been battling various undisclosed illnesses for years, and, in recent weeks, was receiving hospice care. Well, things took a turn for the Trumpian with his next sentence: "She worked for me on numerous occasions".

The death of 76-year-old music icon Aretha Franklin prompted public figures to pay homage to her tremendous influence on American culture. She signed on with Columbia Records and, in a few years, she would have her first Top Forty hit on American Radio. Beyoncé dedicated her August 13 Detroit concert with Jay-Z to the soul legend. "May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace". She considered it a high point of the show, but attests that covering one of Franklin's songs is never easy. The queen of soul used her voice not only to sooth hearts worldwide but as a catalyst for the civil rights movement.

Franklin sang her way through America's history, starting out as a professional singer and pianist in her late teens.

"I'll be pretty much satisfied, but I'm not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing".

  • Jacqueline Ellis