Aretha Franklin, ‘Queen of Soul,’ dead at age 76

"Let's all take a moment to give thanks for the lovely life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years", Beatles legend Paul McCartney tweeted. She passed away in her home in Detroit due to pancreatic cancer.

US President Donald Trump expressed his condolences to the family of, "a person I knew well - she worked for me on numerous occasions, she was terrific".

Her death reverberated so deeply that an incredible array of people from around the world, from USA presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama to musicians Paul McCartney and Diana Ross, took to social media to pay tribute. "As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this hard time", the statement concluded.

The singer's final public performance was last November, when she sang at an Elton John AIDS Foundation gala in NY. She, too, was the first, woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, a year earlier than The Beatles.

Franklin's music also helped serve as a springboard for a number of young guitarists who later became legends themselves.

The two Blues Brothers films marked Franklin's only big-screen performances - but that was more than enough to cement her cinematic legacy.

Franklin performed for the Obamas twice, once in 2009 at President Obama's first inauguration and again in 2015.

'She will forever be the Queen of Soul and so much more to all who knew her personally and through her music.

Franklin is an wonderful, groundbreaking, trailblazing artist, and her mastery as a singer could never be matched!

Legendary singer, Aretha Franklin is dead.

Her health appeared to have improved for a period of time, though, and in 2015 she sang for the pope, gave an acclaimed performance at the Kennedy Center Honors and one year after that performed the national anthem at the annual Lions Thanksgiving Day game. I adored her and worshipped her talent. She'd also developed a reputation for being a bit hard to work with.

Anthony said her footprint really started during the civil rights movement.

Music lovers said she'll never be forgotten.

Franklin, known as the Queen of Soul, was 76.

"Except for a record, I will not be able to sit behind her and play her music ever again with her", McKinney, who toured with Franklin, told As It Happens guest host Matt Galloway. The news of her death hit him hard.

She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W Bush in 2005, when she was saluted for "capturing the hearts of millions of Americans". "She was someone that I looked up to for just the way she lived her life".

  • Kyle Peterson