EFF mourns death of ‘queen of soul’ Aretha Franklin

Ruben Ruiz
August 17, 2018

The family thanked fans around the world for their "incredible outpouring of love" since it first emerged earlier this week that she was gravely ill.

We will honor the legend on 100.3 WRNB by bringing you her best videos, moments, songs, and moments on-air and online.

"We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin's family and friends", a Fox News spokesperson said. Her gifts, natural and acquired, were a multi-octave mezzo-soprano, gospel passion and training worthy of a preacher's daughter, taste sophisticated and eccentric, and the courage to channel private pain into liberating song. "She was elegant, graceful, and utterly uncompromising in her artistry", they said. "She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human". On Friday, her picture adorned front pages with headlines such as "Respect to the queen of soul".

Sharpton, who was also on MSNBC with King, said his most endearing memory of her was from the 2016 jazz celebration at the White House.

Although meant to be a touching tribute to the late singer, many Twitter users were angered by the president's comments.

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Aretha Franklin's bass player has described her as a generous and kind person who was an "icon" in her hometown of Detroit. Franklin won 18 Grammy awards and in 1987 she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame .

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Franklin's death came on the same day that fellow United States music giant Elvis Presley died 41 years ago at his home in Memphis, the city where Franklin was born. A date for the funeral at the church has not yet been given, and it's not known yet if it will be open to the public. "I don't want you to get sick!'"

- Aretha Louise Franklin was born March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Detroit News later reported that she was in hospice care, as artists from across the musical spectrum offered well wishes to the singer who lived in Detroit - the Motor City, home of Motown - most of her life.

She had battled health issues in recent years and in 2017 announced her retirement from touring.

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