The world lost a bit of it’s soul today as legendary singer Aretha Franklin has died. It was announced that the music icon passed away in her home Thursday after losing her battle to pancreatic cancer. She was 76.
Franklin rose to fame in the 1960’s with the release of two major hits, “Respect” and “(You Make Me Feel) Like A Natural Woman.” She was quickly dubbed “The Queen Of Soul,” a title that remained undisputed. Her list of achievements is as long as her career but some major highlights were her 112 billboard charting songs, her 18 Grammys, and her 75 million records sold worldwide. She was also the first women inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
As if dazzling through films, television and music was not enough, Franklin had also become a vocal advocate for women’s and civil rights. She used her fame to help spread the word about the injustices seen amongst minorities, and helped make a change within the community.
Aretha Franklin will be remembered as a true legend and pioneer. Fans and celebrities alike took to Twitter to express their sadness over the news.
Let’s all take a moment to give thanks for the beautiful life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years. She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever. Love Paul pic.twitter.com/jW4Gpwfdts
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) August 16, 2018
I’m sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin.
— Ms. Ross (@DianaRoss) August 16, 2018
— The View (@TheView) August 16, 2018