By Savannah Smith  |  08-16-2018   News
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America’s “Queen of Soul” is dead. The cultural icon, singer, songwriter, and musician Aretha Franklin has died at the age of 76 after succumbing to pancreatic cancer.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin died of an advanced form of pancreatic cancer, a disease that is difficult to discover early and among the most deadly forms of cancer. Cartoon: Mike Thompson of the Detroit Free Press. <a href="https://t.co/Apl11SOD5R">https://t.co/Apl11SOD5R</a> <a href="https://t.co/KeQKgHyUnn">pic.twitter.com/KeQKgHyUnn</a></p>&mdash; USA TODAY (@USATODAY) <a href="https://twitter.com/USATODAY/status/1030125687011770368?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote>

Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn confirms to the media and public the sad news through a family statement that says Franklin died Thursday at 9:50 a.m. at her Detroit home.

The family said in the statement that they are still grappling with the pain of loss. They 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 and nephews and cousins knew no bounds.”

Franklin is known for such hits as “Think”, “I Say A Little Prayer” and her signature song, “Respect”, among others.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Remembering Aretha Franklin ❤️ <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RIPArethaFranklin?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RIPArethaFranklin</a> <a href="https://t.co/jet38pWahW">pic.twitter.com/jet38pWahW</a></p>&mdash; iHeartRadio (@iHeartRadio) <a href="https://twitter.com/iHeartRadio/status/1030121605832237056?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote>

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She had been a professional singer and accomplished pianist as early as her late teens, an established superstar by her mid-20s, and earned for herself the distinction and prestige of being the greatest and most popular vocalist of her time.

Franklin recorded hundreds of tracks and had dozens of hits in an outstanding career that spanned almost half a century. She also had 20 hits that reached No.1 on the R&B charts. Franklin is most remembered, of course, for her extraordinary run of Top 10 smashes in the late 1960s from the morning-after bliss of (“You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, to the wised-up “Chain of Fools” to her unstoppable call for “Respect.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">One song, six decades: Aretha Franklin sings You Make me Feel Like a Natural Woman <a href="https://t.co/aNh9sxeB7d">pic.twitter.com/aNh9sxeB7d</a></p>&mdash; The Guardian (@guardian) <a href="https://twitter.com/guardian/status/1030121175836512265?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Franklin also earned various accolades from award-giving bodies including winning 18 Grammy awards. She, in fact, became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Colleagues, celebrities, fans, and social media users poured their love and tributes to Franklin on social media shortly after news of her death broke out.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">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 <a href="https://t.co/jW4Gpwfdts">pic.twitter.com/jW4Gpwfdts</a></p>&mdash; Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) <a href="https://twitter.com/PaulMcCartney/status/1030103284881805312?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I have loved Aretha Franklin’s music my entire life, and her music has played in our audience for 15 years. My heart goes out to her family. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RESPECT?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RESPECT</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/QueenofSoul?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#QueenofSoul</a></p>&mdash; Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheEllenShow/status/1030124734841683968?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">RIP one of the greatest. Thank you Aretha Franklin, the Queen of soul. X</p>&mdash; Josh Franceschi (@joshmeatsix) <a href="https://twitter.com/joshmeatsix/status/1030123571992043520?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We have all been so lucky to live while the Queen of Soul was among us. Aretha Franklin’s voice is deathless but, sadly, she was mortal.</p>&mdash; Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) <a href="https://twitter.com/tribelaw/status/1030122103507431425?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">YALL DONT UNDERSTAND WE JUST LOST THE QUEEN!! I WILL MISS YOU ARETHA FRANKLIN SO MANY NIGHTS YOUR MUSIC SAVED MY LIFE!! REST IN PEACE!!</p>&mdash; Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) <a href="https://twitter.com/Lesdoggg/status/1030122210130886656?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Aretha Franklin is the reason why I sing from that part deep inside of me that few could ever reach. She was my favorite and will always be. What a gift she has left all of us with her musical footprints. There will never be another like her. She was truly special. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/QueenOfSoul?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#QueenOfSoul</a></p>&mdash; Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) <a href="https://twitter.com/kelly_clarkson/status/1030123463426465792?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote>

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President Donald Trump also expressed his love, respect, and appreciation for the musical and cultural icon with a tweet that says: “The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is dead. She was a great woman, with a wonderful gift from God, her voice. She will be missed!”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is dead. She was a great woman, with a wonderful gift from God, her voice. She will be missed!</p>&mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1030116078125568006?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Ivanka Trump also paid her tribute to the gifted singer.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Aretha Franklin was an artistic genius and trailblazer whose gift to the world transcends time. <br>Long live the Queen of Soul as we pass her music on from generation to generation. <br>May she Rest In Peace.</p>&mdash; Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/IvankaTrump/status/1030122056288030721?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Source:

http://www.kktv.com/content/news/Publicist-Aretha-Franklin-passed-away-Thursday-night-491020811.html

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No we don't

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Aretha was truly great. but.... her popular preacher father was murdered in a botched burglary by a black guy. See, THIS is why we whites have genuine fear of blacks moving into our neighborhoods because they turn everything to SHIT. when blacks move in crime goes UP. fact!
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