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Aretha Franklin, Iconic Queen of Soul, Dies at 76

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Aretha Franklin, Iconic Queen of Soul, Dies at 76

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, passed away on Thursday (August 16) at her home in Detriot, the Associated Press reports. She had been surrounded by family and friends.

Franklin had been battling various undisclosed illnesses for years, and in recent weeks, was receiving hospice care. She was 76.

“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 singer’s family said in a statement to the Associated Press. “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.”

The family added: “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.”

Franklin’s last public performance was in June 2017 where she closed out a free concert in Detroit with the message: “God bless you, God keep you, keep me in your prayers.”

Born in Memphis but raised in Detroit, Franklin began singing in church as a youngster – her father was a Baptist minister – and during her lifetime crossed multiple music lines. Known for her soul recordings, she also shone at R&B, jazz, blues and gospel music and was a songwriter and pianist as well as a singer.

Over the course of her career, Franklin received multiple honors, including The National Medal of Arts and The Presidential Medal of Freedom.

In 1965, during a show, an M.C. gave her a crown and declared her the “Queen of Soul.” Franklin has released numerous hit records and has won 18 Grammy awards.

She is survived by her four sons: Clarence, Edward, Ted, and Kecalf.

We send our condolences to her family and friends.

Managing Editor, All Black Media

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