Aretha Franklin: 1942 – 2018
August 17, 2018
: Born as the daughter of a preacher, the woman who became Queen of Soul has passed on
There’s no real way to quantify what the word “legend” means – except to say that Aretha Franklin personified it. As we briefed you yesterday, the Queen of Soul has passed away at the age of 76-years-old, and it was at her home in Detroit. Franklin's longtime family publicist also confirmed the rumor with a statement declaring that the official cause of death was due to pancreatic cancer.
The family emphasized the pain that they feel after losing the matriarch and "rock" of their family, but they are deeply touched by the outpouring of love from friends and admirers around the world.
“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,” the family offered. “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.”
From celebrities to everyday people, the world has stopped to show their admiration and declare that her legacy will live on forever. And there’s no doubt it will.
- Even though we know Miss Aretha as the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the youngest person to receive a Kennedy Center Honor, considering her 75-million albums sold and massive tally of nominations and awards is mind-blowing.
- As hard as it is to comprehend what six-decades of accomplishment looks like, but 44 GRAMMY nominations and 18 wins doesn’t lie.
And perhaps one of most bizarre coincidences noted with her passing? Franklin’s death was on the 41st anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death. So Heaven now has their King and their Queen.
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Source: NBC News
To honor Aretha Franklin, take a look at her performance at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2015 as she beautifully sings "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman."