Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, died Thursday, Aug. 16, surrounded by friends and family in Detroit, Michigan, TMZ reports. Franklin, who has been battling pancreatic cancer for many years, was in the presence of her family in Detroit at the time of her death. "We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family", he said.
"This is very personal for me, as you can probably tell", he said, trying to hold back his tears. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade - our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect.
Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days, the statement said, according to CNN. During the 60 years she was active, Franklin was a paramount influence on her genre and one of the leading performers who brought gospel music into the mainstream.
After a handful of hits, Franklin started earning $100,000 for performances and attention for the singer was bigger than ever.
Aretha Franklin performs during the commemoration of the Elton John AIDS Foundation 25th year fall gala at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, in New York, November 7, 2017.
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And with Martha Stewart, the singer swapped out a mic for a kitchen knife, showing the domestic doyenne how to prepare her glazed pineapple ham with scalloped potatoes.More news: Cech to keep Arsenal starting place, for now
When Franklin recorded "Respect" on Valentine's Day in 1967, she kept most of the original lyrics but transformed the meaning of the song with the addition of a bridge and the call-and-response of her sisters. "I'm feeling wonderful, I'm feeling great and I couldn't be feeling any better than I'm feeling right now", she assured Williams without getting into specifics.
'She will forever be the Queen of Soul and so much more to all who knew her personally and through her music.
But Franklin was confident she could pull off what was an elaborate production with Pavarotti's conductor, orchestra and choir. Over her carreer, Aretha won 17 Grammy Awards and she was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 'We were witnessing the greatest soul artist of all time.
Leading civil rights leader, Jesse Jackson, who visited Franklin earlier this week, tweeted: "A lot of music left the earth today".
Most notably, Franklin appeared to snub LaBelle at the Women of Soul concert at the White House in 2014 by refusing to shake LaBelle's hand when she offered it.
The singer continued to cancel shows between 2011 and 2018 on doctor's orders while she recovered from illness.
"You got to give 100% and when I played with her I gave 100%". Aretha's first music school was the church and her performances were powered by what she learned there.