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Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin Dies at 76

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Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin Dies at 76

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August 16, 2018

By Joanne Rosa

Music legend Aretha Franklin, whose music inspired millions over the past six decades, died today (August 16) in her hometown of Detroit. She was in her home surrounded by friends and family.

An official statement disclosed “Franklin’s 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.” The family also released a statement to the public on the Queen of Soul’s passing.

“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.”

Family members confirmed Aretha was “gravely ill” on Monday morning, August 13th. Aretha asked fans to say a little prayer for her. Detroit’s WDIV morning anchor Evrod Cassidy had a chance to speak with Aretha while she rested, surrounded by family and friends.

Aretha was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2010 and underwent surgery the same year. Despite less than ideal circumstances, she continued to perform. Aretha announced her retirement in 2017 with plans to still record and perform approximately six times a year. Her final performance was for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York City on November 2, 2017, and her last performance to the public was August 26, 2017 at the Philadelphia Mann Center. In March 2018, Aretha cancelled her upcoming concerts on doctor’s orders.

Aretha Franklin recorded her first album “Songs of Faith” at the age of 14 at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit.

Aretha was an 18 time Grammy winner, recipient of The Presidential Medal Of Freedom (the U.S.A.’s highest civilian honor), Grammy Lifetime Achievement, Grammy living legend and was named number 1 on Rolling Stone’s “Greatest Singers of All Time”. She also received the Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer award and Kennedy Center Honor.

Rest In Peace, Ms. Franklin. Our thoughts and prayers are with Aretha Franklin’s family.

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, through the years.



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