'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies at home in Detroit aged 76

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All week fans, friends and musicians influenced by Franklin offered positive words to the iconic singer when news broke that she was ill, including Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey, Chaka Khan, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tyler Perry, Missy Elliott and Wayne Brady.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said few people in the city's history had been as universally loved or had left as indelible a mark as Franklin, describing her as a "performer without peers". Her father was famed preacher and civil rights activist C.L. Franklin. It's impossible to sum up a life like Aretha's but here are some vital facts to know. Her publicist confirmed the news to the Associated Press, stating that Franklin passed away this morning at her home in Detroit.

On the announcement of her death, tributes immediately began pouring in as music lovers remembered her sterling career. In 1960, she signed with her first major record label. Aretha's rise to the top was slow, at first. The late Jerry Wexler, who produced Franklin's version for Atlantic Records, asserted that it "had overtones of the civil-rights movement and gender equality" and "was an appeal for dignity".

In the 1980s, Franklin earned her first platinum album with the hits "Freeway of Love", "Sisters Are Doing It for Themselves" and "Who's Zoomin' Who?".

The desolate colours she painted onto the verses of Carole King's (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman made the release of the chorus even more joyous. During her stellar career, she garnered 44 Grammy Award nominations and won 18. Her "Queen of Soul" moniker followed shortly after her initial commercial success. Four years later, Franklin's mother died and Aretha avoided discussing her parents publicly. She and Ted were married from 1961-69.

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Some other links worth reading today: Franklin took the Proust Questionnaire in Vanity Fair back in the early '00s. "I'm going to be around like Perry Como, somewhere on a couch laying down with a microphone, still singing". She could play instruments as well as sing, so for him, she was the music itself. Another later example of this can be found in her interpretation of the Rolling Stones' Jumpin' Jack Flash in 1986, which was used as the theme tune for the Whoopi Goldberg film of the same name.

This shot from January 1993 sees her joined by Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Diana Ross as they celebrate the inauguration of President Bill Clinton in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.

By 1979, she had already been given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and went on to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. She survived a remarkable eight years after her diagnosis. I'll always be grateful for her kindness and support, including her performances at both my inaugural celebrations, and for the chance to be there for what sadly turned out to be her final performance last November at a benefit supporting the fight against HIV/Aids. "I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from and where it is now". "But when I recorded it, it was pretty much a male-female kind of thing. That wouldn't be good either".

The legendary performer, a mother of four, became an 18-time Grammy Award victor during a career spanning more than six decades.

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