Aretha Franklin Dead at 76: John Legend and More Stars Pay Tribute

Aretha Franklin in 1971

Aretha Franklin, whose gospel-rooted singing and bluesy yet expansive delivery earned her the title "the Queen of Soul", has died, a source close to the family said Thursday. Franklin, 76 years old, passed away on Thursday morning, August 16 at 9:50 a.m.at her home in Detroit, MI, surrounded by family and loved ones. Her father, the Reverend C.L. Franklin, was a famous preacher whose sermons were played on radio and records.

Fox News honored the life of Aretha Franklin with an image of Patti LaBelle. Her music is legendary. "We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family", he said. "Maybe she was looking for a teen hit, but she did at least four or five songs that were crap".

"Aretha has everything - the power, the technique", Rolling Stone wrote. The album was certified GOLD by the Recording Industry Association of America, and wins her a GRAMMY Award for the Best Rhythm & Blues Recording and Best Rhythm & Blues Solo Vocal Performance, Female for "Respect".

"I am deeply saddened about the passing of the Queen of Soul and my sister in song, Aretha Franklin". She performed at both of Bill Clinton's presidential inaugurations, for which the 42nd president said he would "always be grateful". "The 18-time Grammy victor, known for hits like "Respect", "(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman", and "Chain of Fools", left behind an imcomparable career that spanned seven decades.

Civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson - who was Franklin's friend for over 60 years - told USA Today she helped pay for many civil rights tours and campaigns while King was alive.

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Whether at Wrestlemania or the World Series, it can't be disputed that Aretha Franklin was one of the greatest of all time at opening a sporting event.

She would also sing the anthem before Game 3 of the 2011 American League Championship Series, which was between the Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers.

"She will forever be the Queen of Soul and so much more to all who knew her personally and through her music".

And Chance the Rapper sweetly shared some of Aretha's lyric in his post, writing QUOTE, "The moment I wake up, before I put on my make up, I say a little prayer for you".

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