Aretha Franklin dead at 76

Aretha Franklin, ‘Queen of Soul,’ dead at age 76

The diva posted to her Instagram: "Aretha Franklin".

Aretha Franklin died Thursday at her home in Detroit, according to her publicist.

I was fortunate enough to spend time with her and witness her last performance - a benefit for the Elton John Aids Foundation at St John The Divine Cathedral. "She will be missed!"

She told Us Weekly: "I'm doing well generally, all test have come back good".

One of the songs I really enjoyed playing with her, because she was actually playing and singing, was A Brand New Me.

Toronto R&B singer Melanie Fiona says she performed 1971's "Rock Steady" on tour years ago.

"Her contributions are legendary both personally and societally", said the Rev. Al Sharpton. She made worldwide headlines in 2008, when she sang "My Country 'Tis of Thee" during President Barack Obama's inauguration.

"Throughout her extraordinary life and career, she earned the love - and yes, the respect - of millions of people, not just for herself and for women everywhere, but for the city she loved so dearly and called home", Duggan said in a statement. She was elegant, graceful, and utterly uncompromising in her artistry.

Following Franklin's death, Diana Ross simply wrote on Twitter: "I'm sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin". "The singer, best known for her renditions of "Respect" and "(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman", could belt out a tune like no other.

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They have said funeral arrangements will be announced "in the coming days".

"Absolutely heartbroken she's gone, what a woman". Her voice and music was a part of the soundtrack to American history.

For Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, "Aretha Franklin will be profoundly missed". I loved her so and love her still. "She will forever be our Queen of Soul".

Aretha Franklin tragically passed away on August 16, after reports that she was "gravely ill". She'd also developed a reputation for being a bit hard to work with. Each and every one of those things would be iconic on their own, but when we said Aretha was leaving behind a legacy, we meant it!

British musician and composer Elton John praised Franklin's "unique" voice, calling her "the greatest soul artist of all time".

Franklin's career spanned decades. "That wouldn't be good either".

Franklin's family described her as "the matriarch and rock of our family", saying that her death was "one of the darkest moments of our lives".

US President Donald Trump expressed his condolences to the family of, "a person I knew well - she worked for me on numerous occasions, she was terrific".

The statement continued: "Thank you for your compassion and prayers".

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