Aretha Franklin dies at 76

Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul” who sang with matchless style on such classics as “Think,” “I Say a Little Prayer” and her signature song, “Respect,” and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from advanced pancreatic cancer. Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn told The Associated Press through a family statement that Franklin passed away at her home in Detroit. 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.” Throughout her career, Franklin 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. RIP Aretha!

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