Aretha Franklin – Queen of Soul Has Died

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Aretha Franklin has died at the age of 76.

Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn told The Associated Press through a family statement that Franklin died Thursday at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit. The statement said “Franklin’s official cause of death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin’s oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute” in Detroit.

The family added: “In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.”

No details have been released regarding a funeral.

Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1942. Her most iconic songs were “Think,” “I Say a Prayer,” and “Respect.”