Aretha Franklin, the former gospel singer went on to supremacy over the music industry. She was acknowledged as the ‘Queen of Soul’, has died at the age of 76-years. Her back-to-back hit numbers, such as Chain of Fools, Respect, and A Natural Woman will be ever remembered.
Franklin took her last breath at her home in Detroit, reports source. For poor medical condition, she has to cancel her scheduled tour in March. She performed for the last time in November, last year at Elton John’s annual AIDS Foundation gala.
Franklin used to perform beyond dedication, coupled with her husband. Both of their performances are considered to be ‘beautiful music’. She from her early days incorporated black church music, jazz, and blues to forge, “a contemporary synthesis that spoke to the younger generation in the new language of the soul,” according to Roll Hall of Fame and the Rock in Cleveland.
She was always on the Billboard magazine’s hit list. She has performed in 22 top 40 albums and 17 top 10 songs. On Billboard’s R&B/hip-hop lists, Franklin’s 20 songs and 10 albums reached No.1.
Franklin with her outstanding performance achieved 18 Grammy Awards, 2 honorary ones for her lifetime work. Mary J. Blige in Rolling stone exclaimed her as “a gift from God.” “When it comes to expressing yourself through song, there is no one who can touch her. She is the reason why women want to sing,” he added.
In the U.S her signature song, Respect has spent over 2 weeks as the No-1 song.
Franklin’s publicist Gwendolyn Quinn on Thursday morning confirmed the news of her death, which is due to pancreatic cancer.
Quinn stated, “It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Athena Louise Franklins, the Queen of Soul…”
All her fans and followers broke down into tears, tweeted and posted a lot about her in social media. However, all that we are left with to do is to remember her always and pray that the ‘Queen of Soul” to rest in peace.