Aretha Franklin Dies Aged 76
Aretha Franklin, the multiple Grammy award-winning singer whose career spanned seven decades, has died aged 76, according to Danny Boyle of the Telegraph.
The Queen of Soul – best known for hits such as Respect, Think and I Say a Little Prayer – passed away in Detroit on Thursday after battling ill health for several years.
The cause of her death was advanced pancreatic cancer, her publicist Gwendolyn Quinn said. Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days.
Franklin’s family said in a statement they had lost their “matriarch and rock”, adding: “We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers.”
Diagnosed with cancer in 2010, Franklin was forced to cancel a handful of concerts earlier this year due to ill health and was ordered by doctors to rest for two months.
In February last year, the singer announced plans to retire from touring following the release of a new album.
She last performed in November 2017 for the Elton John Aids Foundation in New York and her final “miraculous” public concert was in Philadelphia in August 2017.
Franklin – and her distinctive, powerful voice – rose to fame in the 1960s after starting out as a gospel singer, going on to achieve massive global success with memorable soul hits.
She sold more than 75 million records worldwide and accumulated 18 Grammy awards, including one for Lifetime Achievement. She was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
Franklin died on August 16 – the same day of the year as Elvis Presley died in 1977 – at her home in Detroit, Michigan, surrounded by her family and friends.
© The Telegraph