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Aretha Franklin dies aged 76, big names pay tribute to Queen of Soul

Macquarie National News

Legendary singer Aretha Franklin has died, aged 76.

The Queen of Soul had been gravely ill with advanced pancreatic cancer and passed away late last night, surrounded by family and friends in Detroit.

Franklin’s booming voice inspired millions, making her one of the most respected artists of all-time.

With hits including Respect (1967), Natural Woman (1968) and I Say a Little Prayer (1968), Franklin was a multiple Grammy-award winner.

In 1987 she became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

A family statement said, “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.”

Tributes have been pouring in from around the world, with everyone from fans to music royalty remembering the impact Franklin had on their lives.

 

 

Macquarie National News
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