The ‘Queen Of Soul’, Aretha Franklin, has passed away at the age of 76.
Aretha Franklin, whose rich, powerful singing and unique delivery earned her the moniker “the Queen of Soul,” has passed away, a family statement revealed Thursday. She was 76. Franklin transitioned at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit, surrounded by family and friends, per a statement on behalf of Franklin’s family via her longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn.
The “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 in Detroit,” the family statement read..
“It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Aretha Louise Franklin,” the statement included.
Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days, the statement said.
Known simply by her first name, Aretha was a cultural icon whose career spanned six decades and crossed numerous genres of music, from gospel to R&B to pop to opera.
Among her countless hits were the soul classics, “Respect,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “Chain of Fools,” “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You),” and “Think.” Other hits included “Daydreaming” and “I Say a Little Prayer.”