Aretha Franklin Has Passed Away Aged 76

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US President Donald Trump also paid tribute to Franklin as "a great woman, with a wonderful gift from God, her voice". "So many have given us decades of Timeless music", Missy Elliott tweeted. "We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family", a statement released by Franklin's family read.

Bill and Hillary Clinton wrote, "Hillary and I mourn the loss of our friend Aretha Franklin, one of America's greatest national treasures", said the former U.S. president in a joint statement with his wife, the former secretary of state. "The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds", Franklin's family said. "Aretha was one of the best-selling artists of all times and was popular for churning hits like 'Respect" and "You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman".

They have said funeral arrangements will be announced "in the coming days".

She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and in 2005 received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from then-President George W. Bush.

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Aretha Franklin has passed away at the age of 76. The cause was advanced pancreatic cancer. She was forced to cancel shows in 2010 to have surgery on a tumor, and she canceled more shows in 2013 and 2017 for undisclosed health reasons.

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, has died at the age of 76, her publicist has confirmed.

Clive Davis, chief creative officer of Sony Music Entertainment, said in a statement he was "absolutely devastated by Aretha's passing". It was in the early '60s that she would land her first record deal with Columbia Records before later switching to the Atlantic Record label. For more than 50 years, she stirred our souls.

"My faith always has been and always will be important to me", she once told reporters. She made global headlines in 2008, when she sang "My Country 'Tis of Thee" during President Barack Obama's inauguration. During her time at Arista, Franklin scored a slew of hit songs including "Jump To It" "Freeway of Love" and "Who's Zooming Who". The performance came during the same month as the arrival of her 42nd studio album, A Brand New Me. Her last studio record, released in 2014, saw her take on modern and classic songs by her contemporaries, including Adele's Rolling in the Deep, Chaka Khan's I'm Everyone Woman and Midnight Train to Georgia.

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