Published: Fri, August 17, 2018
Culture | By Jeremy Gray

The Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin Has Passed Away At 76

The Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin Has Passed Away At 76

"I get on the phone and I'm like oh my gosh I can't believe this is this really Ms. Aretha Franklin", she wrote.

The music icon died on Thursday at the age of 76. Then her funeral will be held at Greater Grace Temple. In a career crossing generations, her hits spanned from soul and R&B, to gospel and pop.

A report by the Mirror UK said the star was in "the final stages of a devastating eight-year battle with pancreatic cancer" and was receiving around the clock treatment. Franklin was like her work: passionate, yes, but also complicated and ultimately unknowable. No one has ever given us pleasure with such full-throated abandon as Aretha Franklin did, and does.

Although meant to be a touching tribute to the late singer, many Twitter users were angered by the president's comments. The singer is now in her native Detroit surrounded by family and friends.

It is unknown if Mr Trump will attend the funeral, which is expected to be a high-profile memorial event.

From the Obamas to Ariana Grande, almost everyone's tributes to the queen of soul have been lovely.

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"Every time she sang, we were all graced with a glimpse of the divine".

She also recalled receiving a call from Franklin, who wanted to have her nephew or grandson send her his music. "You will never be forgotten".

Over on Jimmy Kimmel Live, guest Don Cheadle revealed that he, too, received a phone call from Franklin, who reached out to tell him how much she enjoyed his performance in the 2015 Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead. We can but dream of what Chic collaborations or other disco diva wonders would have come if she'd have connected to the scene, but in their absence we still have this. "She just didn't take tea for the fever, as the old folks would say".

The multiple Grammy victor cemented her place in United States music history with a powerful, bell-clear voice that stretched over four octaves. May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace.

"We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin's family and friends", Jessica Santostefano, Fox News vice president, said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Carey thanked the star for being "my inspiration, my mentor and my friend".

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