'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies at 76

Esequiel Farfan
Agosto 17, 2018

- The Motown Museum in Detroit is paying tribute to the Queen of Soul this weekend after her passing.

Aretha Franklin, the multi-Grammy Award-winning singer who is the undisputed "Queen of Soul" died Thursday at age 76. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. FOX 2 Detroit News Anchor Huel Perkins is a close friend, and says Aretha was particularly challenged health wise over the previous year but that her spirits were always high.

She performed at the inaugurations of former presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, and also sang at the memorial service for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.in 1968.

"Although I didn't grow up listening to her I knew she was a legend", she said. She deserves not only our RESPECT but also our lasting gratitude for opening our eyes, ears and hearts. "The Heavens rejoice. Rest in heavenly peace".

Perhaps her most breathtaking performance took place at the 1998 Grammy Awards, when Franklin was called upon to fill in for an ailing Luciano Pavarotti and deliver the stirring aria "Nessun Dorma" from Puccini's Turandot.

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Franklin's last known performance was at a private gala for the Elton John AIDS Foundation last November. In 2017, she announced her retirement from touring, though said she'd continue to work on music. Her June 1971 "homecoming" show "drove fans to near-hysteria", according to the theater.

"Thank you Aretha Franklin for getting me through tough days", Twitter user, Pablo, said. "The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds", the family said.

Franklin was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1987 - a year before the Beatles were inducted. "Maybe she was looking for a teen hit, but she did at least four or five songs that were crap".

"As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this hard time".

Through six decades of legendary music, Franklin inspired time and again, even earning the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005 "for helping to shape our Nation's artistic and cultural heritage". "Aretha was a groundbreaker and an icon whose legacy will live on forever".

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