RIP Aretha Franklin – 1942-2018 The Queen of Soul Has Passed Away.

Singer Aretha Franklin leans back in her chair and laughs during a belated birthday party for her in downtown Detroit, Sunday night, April 6, 1997. Franklin turned 55 that year. (AP Photo/Andrew Cutraro)
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 07: Aretha Franklin performs onstage at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Commemorates Its 25th Year And Honors Founder Sir Elton John During New York Fall Gala at Cathedral of St. John the Divine on November 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

We are sad to announce the loss of a true legend.

Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn said “Franklin’s official cause of death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin’s oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute”.

Franklin passed Thursday at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit.

Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer and songwriter who began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister.

In 1960, at the age of 18, she embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records but only achieving modest success. Following her signing to Atlantic Records in 1967, Franklin achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as “Respect”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, “Spanish Harlem” and “Think”. By the end of the 1960s decade she had gained the title “The Queen of Soul”.

Franklin has won a total of 18 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide. Franklin has been honored throughout her career including a 1987 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in which she became the first female performer to be inducted. 

Franklin received an honorary degree from Harvard University in 2014, as well as honorary doctorates in music from Princeton University, 2012; Yale University, 2010; Brown University, 2009; Berklee College of Music, 2006; New England Conservatory of Music, 1995; and University of  Michigan, 1987. Franklin was granted an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Wayne State University in 1990 and an honorary Doctor of Law by Bethune-Cookman College in 1975.

Vocalist Aretha Franklin warbles a few notes into microphone in Jan. 28, 1972 photo. (AP Photo)
Entertainer Aretha Franklin performs at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, July 6, 1989. (AP Photo/Mario Suriani)
Singer Aretha Franklin dances on stage during the first annual march on cancer Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998, in Washington. The daylong event, known as “The March,” drew thousands of cancer survivors, patients, and loved ones descending on the National Mall to remember cancer victims and to ask for more research funds. (AP Photo/Khue Bui)
Rhythm and Blues singer Aretha Franklin performs at the inaugural gala for U.S. President Bill Clinton in Washington D.C. on Jan. 19, 1993. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
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