“Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin Has Died

By Creative Media Times

Legendary singer and justifiably hailed as the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, has died in Detroit. he was 76. The news was confirmed by her publicist to Associated Press. Franklin died of advanced pancreatic cancer.

“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 ,” the family said.

With her riveting voice and her cultural impact which transcend popular music, Franklin is not only one of the most lauded singers of all time, but also one of the most commercially successful.

Throughout her career, Franklin has charted 77 Hot 100 hit singles on Billboard, including “Chain of Fools”, “Think”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, “Don’t Play That Song (You Lied)”, “Spanish Harlem” and her chart-topping signature song “Respect.”

Franklin was was the first female performer inducted into the Roll Hall of Fame when she received in the honor in 1987. She received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994 and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.