‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin Dies at the Age of 76

Ruben Ruiz
August 16, 2018

"Franklin's official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin's oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute", the publicist said.

Calling it one of the darkest moments of their lives, Franklin's family said they were unable to find the appropriate words to express the pain in their hearts.

Singer Alexander O'Neal told BBC News: "It meant a lot to me coming from the barriers that we had to overcome for race and everything else during that era, and time when she was such a success and became such a rock icon, a real icon".

Aretha Franklin holds her Grammy Award for Best Rhythm and Blue performance.

Franklin first started singing songs about her faith and then launched a career spanning generations, reigning as the Queen of Soul for the last 56 years.

A fierce musical talent not only in sensitive and dynamic vocal interpretation but also as a skilled pianist and arranger, Franklin demanded respect from us. Her uniquely emotional and powerful voice that put her at the forefront of 1960s soul music along with Otis Redding, Sam Cooke and Wilson Pickett. Her mother, Barbara, was a gifted gospel singer.

She performed "Natural Woman" at the Kennedy Center Honors in December 2015 in a tribute to songwriter Carole King, who wrote the song. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 - the first female performer to ever receive the honour. Because she grew up with her father in the church.

TMZ founder and host of Fox News Channel's "OBJECTified" Harvey Levin called in to "America's Newsroom" on Thursday to react to the passing of Aretha Franklin.

Growing up in Detroit, the preacher's daughter began her career at the age of three, singing in the choir at New Bethel Baptist Church, the Baptist congregation led by her father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin.

Whether at Wrestlemania or the World Series, it can't be disputed that Aretha Franklin was one of the greatest of all time at opening a sporting event.

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However, the decade was not a bust by a long shot.

June 1972 - A live gospel album, "Amazing Grace", is released amid a revival in spiritual music. She would have only minor hits in her six years with the label, which pushed her toward jazz and show tunes and away from her gospel roots.

With Obama, in particular, Franklin shared a special bond.

"She knew how to be glamorous and graceful".

"My treatments are going very well", she continued. We should all celebrate her, her very wonderful, wonderful, wonderful life.

But her childhood was not a happy one.

Franklin took heavy criticism for not attending Houston's funeral, at which she was scheduled to perform. The 76-year-old announced plans to retire last year, saying she would perform at "some select things". Largely self-taught, she was regarded as a child prodigy.

Hillary Clinton said Franklin deserves "lasting gratitude" for the impact of her art.

Showbiz 411's Roger Friedman told CNN: "She has a great family, she's surrounded by love, and the world is sending prayers".

As an unmarried teenager, Franklin gave birth to a son at 13 and another two years later.

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