The world has lost another music legend Aretha Franklin. The 18 time Grammy Award winning ‘Queen of Soul’ died at her home in Detroit this morning (August 16th). Ms Franklin was 76 years old and succumbed to her battle with advanced pancreatic cancer.
Aretha’s career spanned six decades and aside from winning 18 Grammy Awards, she was the first woman inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, named the Greatest Singer Of All Time by Rolling Stone Magazine and other publications and sold millions of records. Ms. Franklin also had a street renamed in her honor in Detroit before her passing.
Before succumbing to her illness which was first reported in 2010, Aretha had continued to perform until last year, announcing earlier this year that she would retire from performing, having been forced to rest under doctor’s orders.
Also prior to her death Franklin had approved plans for a tribute concert in her honor organized by friend and former Arista label head Clive Davis at Madison Square Garden in November, as well as approving Academy Award winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson to portray her in a planned biopic.
Aretha is survived by her four sons, grandchildren, friends and millions of fans worldwide. R.I.P. Ms. Franklin