The world of music is currently mourning the loss of a true gem. The “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin has died at the age of 76 at her Detroit home surrounded by her family and friends.
She had been enduring various health issues for years and was placed in hospice care for the last few weeks. The legendary singer, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2010, announced her retirement in February 2017. Since then, she had been forced to cancel numerous shows on doctors’ recommendations.
She performed publicly for the final time at the Mann Center in Philadelphia in August 2017 and performed for the last time during the Elton John AIDS Foundation party, in New York, in November.
Over the course of her career spanning over seven decades, she stood out as one of the most influential artists, with 18 Grammy Awards and 75 million record sales. In addition to that, she received countless honors and accolades, including her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She became the first female artist to have a 100 songs on Billboard's Hot R&B chart with 77 Hot 100 entries and 21 #1 R&B singles.
Even though she is no longer with us, her evergreen songs like Respect and Natural Woman will keep her alive in our ears and hearts. You will always be remembered, Aretha. Rest in Peace!
- Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, has died
Aretha Franklin, Indomitable ‘Queen of Soul,’ Dies at 76