News Alert!!: Detroit, MI: Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, has died.

News Alert!!: Detroit, MI: Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, has died.

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul who sold tens of millions of R&B and pop albums with iconic hits such as “Respect” and “Chain of Fools,” has died on Thursday, August 16th, 2018.

According to a statement from her publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, 76 year old Aretha Franklin died Thursday morning of “pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type”.

Aretha Franklin’s family released the a statement saying, “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. 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.”

Aretha Franklin had been reportedly struggling with health problems in recent years, and earlier this week, it was confirmed that she was seriously ill and was surrounded by friends and family in her home in Detroit, Michigan.

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Aretha Franklin was born on March 25, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Aretha Franklin’s legendary vocalist was perhaps best known for “Respect”, and had a string of 20 No. 1 R&B singles, stretching from 1967 to 1985.

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Aretha Franklin earned 18 Grammy Awards and consistently placed her on most critics’ lists of the greatest singers of all time.

In 1987, Aretha Franklin became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In the past, Aretha Franklin performed at the inaugurations of three presidents – Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

In 2005, President George W. Bush presented Aretha Franklin with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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In 2015, Aretha Franklin sang “Amazing Grace” on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for Pope Francis, seen live by many millions around the world.

In 2017, Aretha Franklin announced her plans to retire, saying she would perform at “some select things.”

One of those select events was a gala for Elton John’s 25th anniversary of his AIDS foundation in November in New York City, New York where Franklin closed the event with a collection of songs including “I Say a Little Prayer” and “Freeway of Love.”

Aretha Franklin canceled planned concerts early 2018 after she was ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest up.

Aretha Franklin was originally scheduled to perform on her 76th birthday in March 2018 in Newark, New Jersey, and at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in April 2018.

As news Aretha Franklin’s death was learned, everyone from world leaders to Hollywood icons to fellow music industry legends reflected on her life and legacy.

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Reports that flowers and a wreath has been placed on her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as fans gather to mourn the loss of Aretha Franklin.

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Earlier today, United States President Donald Trump spoke about the passing of Aretha Franklin from the White House.

** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Aretha Franklin. Your many fans will miss you and will never stop enjoying the wonderful music you gave to all of your fans. **