'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies at age of 76

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It reads: "Franklin, 76 years old, passed away on Thursday morning, August 16 at 9:50 a.m.at her home in Detroit, MI, surrounded by family and loved ones".

Her family had told media in her hometown of Detroit this month that she was gravely ill and asked for prayers. She was later discharged and reported to be responding positively to treatment at home.

2011: Franklin had a comeback concert in 2011 but was forced to cancel several of those performances due to an undisclosed medical condition. Her last live performance was November 7, 2017, for the Elton John AIDS Foundation gala. "Long live the Queen of Soul through her extraordinary & singular voice and her indelible music".

"My heart feels empty", said Sheila Black, 51, outside the Apollo, not far from where she grew up in Harlem, as she recalled listening to Franklin's "Another Night Without You" to get over heartbreak.

Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee, on March 25, 1942.

"Aretha's legacy should be excellence in music", Mitchell said. But she raised four sons and remained an exuberant presence on stage.

As she rose in popularity, Franklin did not abandon her sense of activism. Aretha attended Northern High School until she had to drop out. Aretha is the couple's second child.

"Day Dreaming" sounds all the more miraculous in 2018 because it represents Aretha's future impact as much as her musical roots.

Noticing his daughter's talent, her father began to manage her. In 1956, Aretha debuted her first album Song of Faith.

Her best-selling album, "Amazing Grace", a 1972 release, is among five Franklin recordings that are featured in the Grammy Hall of Fame.

She would sing at King's funeral a decade later.

" US President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter: "She was a great woman, with a wonderful gift from God, her voice".

The soul singer has been dogged by reports of failing health for years and appeared frail in recent photos, but she has kept her struggles private. The way that she literally stops and spells out respect - even though it wasn't a political song, it had resonance amongst African-Americans as a political song and obviously becomes an obvious reference when we start to see the women's movement find its own footing in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Over the course of her career she won 18 Grammy Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994.

'She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human.

But all has not been rosy for the music legend.

She faced a lot of heartache in her personal life. Her subsequent marriage to actor Glynn Turman ended in divorce in 1984.

Aretha Franklin spelled it out for everyone everywhere - a song that was for the times, but one that remained as timeless as ever.

John was just one of many in the music industry who paid their respects to Franklin.