Aretha Franklin was born on March 25, 1942. And by the age of 18, she would earn the title, “The Queen of Soul.”
As People reports, Franklin was a “self-taught piano prodigy, vocalist and songwriter,” who rose to fame at a young age and never faltered from her place at the top of the music industry.
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She released her first album at the age of 14 and won a total of 18 Grammy awards, before becoming the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Franklin was known for many chart topping songs, including “Respect,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You),” and “Chain of Fools.”
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In a statement to People, Franklin’s family revealed that she passed away at the age of 76 years old on August 16, after a battle with pancreatic cancer,
The statement read:
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.
We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.
Franklin is survived by four children, and many grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
According to People, Franklin died peacefully in the comfort of her own home in Michigan, surrounded by those she loved.
Thousands have taken to social media to remember The Queen of Soul and her iconic career:
Although Aretha Franklin garnered unparalleled success as a singer, people never fully appreciated that she was writing, arranging, and playing too. She wasn’t just a magical voice. She was a MUSICAL GENIUS.
— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) August 16, 2018
Elton John on the death of Aretha Franklin: “Her voice was unique, her piano playing underrated – she was one of my favourite pianists … The whole world will miss her but will always rejoice in her remarkable legacy. The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen.”
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) August 16, 2018
I got to live at the same time as Aretha Franklin. Grateful pic.twitter.com/FjnJSWu37H
— Felonious Munk (@Felonious_munk) August 16, 2018
Paul McCartney: “Let’s all take a moment to give thanks for the beautiful life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years. She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever.”
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 16, 2018
God bless Aretha Franklin the queen of soul and peace and love to her family ?✌????☮
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) August 16, 2018
The legendary Aretha Franklin dies on the same day Elvis Presley passed. Ms. Franklin gave joy to millions by using her talent to the fullest.
— Bill O’Reilly (@BillOReilly) August 16, 2018
— Oprah Winfrey Network (@OWNTV) August 16, 2018
Rest in peace, Aretha.