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“Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin Has Died

“Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin Has Died

 

Aretha Franklin, “the Queen of Soul” has died, a family statement said Thursday. She was 76. Franklin passed away at her home in Detroit, surrounded by family and friends, according to a statement on behalf of Franklin’s family from her longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn.

Franklin’s death comes just three short days after a source close to the family stated publicly that the singer was in hospice care battling advance pancreatic cancer.

An excerpt from the Official Statement:

“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.

“We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”

The singer’s final public performance was last November, when she sang at an Elton John AIDS Foundation gala in New York.

Franklin was the first woman admitted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with 88 Billboard chart hits under her belt.

Kristina Killingsworth

August 16th, 2018

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