Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, has died of cancer

The Queen of Soul, the legend Aretha Franklin, has passed away.

August 16, 2018 by Jessie Mendoza

American singer-songwriter and pianist, Aretha Franklin (aka the Queen of Soul), has died at age 76 on August 16, 2018.

She was a self-taught piano prodigy, vocalist and songwriter. Aretha Franklin was a very bit hit in the late 1960s and until she got older.

Aretha Franklin died of advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type. She had been ill for a long time.

Funeral arrangements for Aretha will be announced in the coming days.

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Aretha Franklin started as a gospel singer in her father’s church in Detroit City, Michigan, USA. Her version of ‘Respect‘ in 1967 was her first US chart-topper, crossing musical racial and gender barriers.

She had 77 ‘Hot 100 chart’ entries, and was awarded 18 Grammys out of 44 nominations.

Then, in 1987, Aretha Franklin became the first woman to be inducted into the ‘Rock & Roll Hall of Fame‘. She was later named the ‘Greatest Singer of All Time‘ by Rolling Stone.

Popular songs

– Respect (1967)
– I Say a Little Prayer (1968)
– Natural Woman (1968)
– Chain of Fools (1968)
– I Knew You Were Waiting (1986)
– Ain’t No Way (1968)
– Until You Come Back to Me (1974)
– Think (1968)

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