Eighteen-time Grammy award winner and US cultural icon Aretha Franklin has sadly passed away at the age of 76. Yesterday, the “Queen of Soul” died peacefully in her home in Detroit, Michigan surrounded by family and loved ones. Advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type was the cause of death.

In essence, Aretha Franklin played a significant role in the Civil Rights Movement, with songs such as “Respect” acting as a Feminist anthem. She was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Similarly, she won best female R&B performance at the Grammys for eight years straight.

In a statement from her publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, on behalf of her family states, “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.”

We remember the remarkable Aretha Franklin with some of her greatest hits.

Respect – Written by Otis Redding (1967): 

I Say a Little Prayer – Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David (1968):

Natural Woman – Written by Carole King and Geffy Goffin (1967):

Think – Written by Aretha Franklin & Ted White (1968):

In general, an absolute legend with a legacy that will certainly live on forever.

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