‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin dead at 76

Aretha Franklin via Wiki Commons

Best known for her hits “Respect,” “Natural Woman” and “I Say a Little Prayer,” Aretha Franklin’s death at age 76 was announced this morning via her publicist.

Franklin had been battling pancreatic cancer, and her condition worsened recently — it was released earlier this week that the singer was “gravely ill” and surrounded by family and friends in her hometown of Detroit.

Over the course of her more than five-decade career, Franklin had over 100 singles appear on the Billboard charts. She also received 18 Grammy awards, in addition to a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammys.

On the big screen, she played the role of Mrs. Murphy in the 1980 hit film The Blues Brothers.

She is survived by her four sons: Clarence Franklin, Edward Franklin, Ted White Jr. and Kelcalf Cunningham. ~Gabrielle Austin

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  1. contessa crystal • August 16, 2018 @ 9:29 PM

    R-E-S-P-E-C-T from all of us to you Aretha Franklin. Your beaming light is shining on.

  2. Stephen Newton • August 17, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

    I wanna say about miss Franklin she was our iconic queen of Soul and gospel and R&B also pop music she is a very close friend to Miss Whitney Houston and to Jackson family also to and we all know she was loved by millions of fans and she will be remembered by her number 1 Hit Motown Songs like respect and natural women and chain of fools those songs are very iconic songs in the history of African American music we all know name for and we all know she is a national performer and actress and a mosional speaker and she can move all us she is a truth of amazing talents and a give from god and all love her for her powerful singing voice and and she pick all of up to our feet and she a true American celebrity to be remembered and her music generation will be live on forever and the beat will go on and and passion she had she is our queen goodbye miss Franklin we will miss you and you be missed and never be a natural woman

  3. Robin Allen • August 17, 2018 @ 4:45 PM

    God Bless . She was a icon in my life. I truly believed in her and all of music.

  4. Debby • August 17, 2018 @ 7:45 PM

    You deserved all the respect for all what you have given me and not only me but the millions of people you were an Icon and always remain that way I have listen to your music for a life time and will continue to do so, I love soul, R&B, you had such a clarity to your rich beautiful voice …You will be in my thoughts and I just want to say have a wonderful day … my prays and thoughts are with your love ones…finally the pain and suffering is gone and your love one will carry your heart with them forever…I know how it feels to lose a special someone and and I try to go on by saying …Have a wonderful blessed day and make each day the best you can…life is so precious

  5. JEFFERY • August 18, 2018 @ 4:42 AM

    U GO GIRL U DID IT HERE SANG ACTED PROTESTED U WERE AND DEFINITELY WILL ALWAYS BE THE ‘QUEEN OF SOUL’ AS MISS TINA TIS QUEEN OF ROCK NOW GO SING WITH FATHER GOD AND THE ANGELS 0N THE FREEWAY OF LOVE—- N UR PINK CADILLAC— I LOVED U THEN I LOVE U STILL ALWAYS HAVE ALWAYS WILL!!!!!!! JEFFERY

  6. John Hunt • August 18, 2018 @ 8:06 AM

    Early teenage years dancing and singing to her songs. Songs were full of beat and emotion. Remembering those who we had love crushes on. I am a baby boomer and love and remember that era in music and especially the QUEEN OF SOUL and what she brought to the music industry , while tugging on the heart strings so many young lovers. She will be sadly missed,as an era of soul and great songs. Truly, Truly, blown away by this sad event!

  7. Samuel • August 19, 2018 @ 8:39 PM

    She will be miss IAM so so sorry she was the great.

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