Aretha Franklin, the undisputed Queen of Soul, has passed away at the age of 76 in her Detroit home

by Asfa Shakeel

Aretha Franklin, the ‘Queen of Soul’, died at the age of 76 in her home in Detroit, according to a family statement. The singer had pancreatic cancer.

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin has passed away at the age of 76. (Image source: Twitter)

Franklin started recording gospel music at the age of 14 and had a professional career spanning more than half a century. She was the first woman to be admitted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and belted out hits such as Respect, I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You and You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman.

Aretha Franklin

She started singing at the age of 14. (Image source: Instagram/Aretha Franklin)

She had 88 Billboard chart hits and won 18 Grammy awards over the course of her career, including the best female R&B performance for eight consecutive years. She also received The National Medal of Arts and The Presidential Medal of Freedom. She welcomed President Barack Obama to the US government in January 2009 with her performance of My Country Tis of Thee at his inauguration.

Franklin passed away at her Detroit home at 9:50 a.m, surrounded by family and friends. Her family released a statement about her passing, which was relayed to the press by Franklin’s longtime publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn.

The statement said:

“The official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin’s oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit.” The Franklin family added, “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.

Aretha Franklin

Her family released a statement announcing that she had passed away. (Image source: Instagram/Aretha Franklin)

The singer had failing health for years but kept her condition private. She stopped touring in February 2017, but continued booking concerts. She had to cancel a few performances earlier this year, including the New Orleans Jazz Fest. In one of her last public performances in June 2017, the singer closed the concert by saying, “God bless you, God keep you, keep me in your prayers.

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin kept her health troubles private from the world. (Image source: Instagram/Aretha Franklin)

Fans of the singer took to social media to express their dismay at her passing.

Aretha Franklin’s last performance was last November at an Elton John AIDS Foundation Gala in New York.

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