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After months of rumors circulating about her poor health, Aretha Franklin has passed away at the age of 76.

Aretha Franklin died Thursday at her home in Detroit, according to her publicist.

"In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade - our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect", the Obamas said Thursday. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. "As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this hard time", the statement concluded.

"I was fortunate enough to spend time with her and witness her last performance - a benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation at St John The Divine Cathedral", he added. It was at church that Franklin began performing, recording her first album at 14 years old. Franklin told Elle magazine in 2016 she was "stunned" by its success. She, too, has performed at the inaugurations of Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, as well as Barack Obama. R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Celebrating the life & music of Aretha Franklin, "Queen of Soul" will start at 10:30 p.m.at Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Avenue, featuring a Dj set by Talib Kweli.

Trump posted a tweet that concluded: "She will be missed!"

After moving to Atlantic Records in 1966 she broke through, and released some of her most iconic songs like Respect soon after the switch.

Toronto R&B singer Melanie Fiona says she performed 1971's "Rock Steady" on tour years ago.


The legendary singer was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and announced previous year she was retiring from music. Well, things took a turn for the Trumpian with his next sentence: "She worked for me on numerous occasions".

Aretha, aged 76, died at 9:50am today, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. A cameo in the 1980 Blues Brothers movie introduced her to a new generation of fans and she again became pop music gold, producing hits like "Freeway of Love".

Her biggest hit, "Respect", became an anthem of the civil rights and women's movements. She is The Queen.

Armstrong said: "I'm very sad because I'm going to miss her. The Heavens rejoice. Rest in heavenly peace".

The same year, Franklin said, "Patti and I are cool and we always have been", in response to a false story claiming that the pair physically brawled.

Following Franklin's death, Diana Ross simply wrote on Twitter: "I'm sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin".

Annie Lennox, 63, said: "Her voice will soar on for ever".

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