Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin Passes Away After Cancer Battle

The legend died in Detroit after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer.

Aretha Franklin, an iconic singer who brought the world classic hits like "Respect" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" passed away in her Detroit home on Thursday after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. How old was Aretha Franklin when she died? The once-in-a-lifetime artist, who continued touring all the way up to late last year, passed away at the age of 76.

Although she was crowned The Queen of Soul, the virtuoso had also mastered other styles of music, including jazz, classical, and rhythm and blues. Her larger-than-life voice earned her 77 top-100 songs and 18 Grammy Awards, and she was the first female performer to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

Earlier this week, it was reported that the soul singer was gravely ill and under hospice care. She was surrounded by family and friends, including Stevie Wonder and Jesse Jackson, who visited her before she died.

Since the news of her death broke, celebrities and fans have been posting tributes to commemorate this remarkable woman.

"Salute to the Queen. The greatest vocalist I've ever known. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 #Aretha," John Legend wrote.

"Lucky enough to have seen Aretha live exactly once, and this was it. Thank you for the music, we will be listening to you forever," Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote, posting a video from a 2015 performance.

"This photo was taken in 2012 when Aretha & I performed at a tribute celebration for our friend Marvin Hamlisch. It's difficult to conceive of a world without her. Not only was she a uniquely brilliant singer, but her commitment to civil rights made an indelible impact on the world," Barbra Streisand wrote.

Although her death has left an irreplaceable void in this world, she will live on forever in her music.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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