Donald Trump under fire for comments about Aretha Franklin

Cissy Houston and Aretha Franklin

The news of her death Thursday morning has been so hard for his entire family, especially his mother, Carl Ellen, who he says is Aretha's half-sister, living in Memphis.

The Sweetener singer paid tribute to Franklin earlier on Thursday, posting a black-and-white photo of her with her arm around the late legend.

"The Denver Blade" also noted Franklin, someone who is now known as the "Queen of Soul", as a "competent pianist - because she sometimes accompanies herself on piano while she sings".

The Detroit Free Press - her hometown newspaper - bid "Farewell to our Queen".

As Fox's mistake was immediately noticed by social media users, the channel claimed it had used "a secondary image" of Franklin "performing with Patti LaBelle".

The soul singer in London in July 1970 in a photoshoot for The Times. "She was a great woman, with a wonderful gift from God, her voice".

"I am one of them - have been playing Aretha Franklin's music, celebrating her incredible life and career, and singing along to their favorites", he said during his monologue.

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Turman, who was one of the last people to visit Franklin before her death, said she had a "great sense of humour" and that she was "always cracking jokes".

US President Donald Trump said the singer "brought joy to millions of lives and her extraordinary legacy will thrive and inspire many generations to come". He says she would call him up all the time with questions about politics, archaeology and more.

You may take the queen out of Detroit, but you could never take Detroit out of the queen. They said that they had lost the matriarch and rock of their family, and the love she had for them knew no bounds.

She performed for several presidents, including at the 2009 inauguration of Barack Obama, the country's first African-American head of state.

"She told us to be spicy", Colon said. Her hit songs in the late 1960s tapped into the spirit of the civil rights movement while her hit cover (and gendered re-authoring) of Otis Redding's Respect was an anthem of black female empowerment. "I grabbed her wrist, which was mostly skin and bone, and I could feel her pulse and her pulse was so strong".

Regardless of their politics, it's safe to say that Obama's post was a bit more eloquently put, considering how his message honoring Franklin, well, actually honored her.

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