Known for hits like Respect and Think, legendary singer Aretha Franklin, or the “queen of soul” as she was lovingly called, has passed away at the age of 76 today.
Franklin’s family confirmed the news in a statement: “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.”
RESPECT IN PEACE #ArethaFranklin – whose music, voice and battle-axe soul will keep inspiring women for generations to come. saying “legend” doesn’t even come close to honoring this artist’s spirit and gifts to humanity.
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