‘The Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin has died
The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin has passed away Thursday (Aug. 16) at age 76, said her representative, Gwendolyn Quinn. As previously reported, the singer was very ill an battling with cancer.
The legendary singer was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2010. After an operation that year, she continued to undergo treatment, and told Us Weekly last year “I’m doing well generally, all test have come back good. I’ve lost a lot of weight due to side effects of medicine, it affects your weight.”
Franklin cancelled two concert appearances in April on her doctor’s orders and delivered her most recent performance at the Elton John AIDS Foundation party in New York last November (17).
The singer will be always remember as the “The Queen of Soul,” for a career that stretches back to her early teens and features hits such as ‘I Say a Little Prayer’, ‘Respect’, and ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman’.