The day Aretha Franklin turned the tables on me

Aretha Franklin in hospice care source says

According to a family statement given to the Associated Press, "Franklin's official cause of death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type".

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, died Thursday, Aug. 16, surrounded by friends and family in Detroit, Michigan, TMZ reports.

And Chance the Rapper sweetly shared some of Aretha's lyric in his post, writing QUOTE, "The moment I wake up, before I put on my make up, I say a little prayer for you". In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade - our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect.

A professional singer by her late teens and a superstar by her mid-20s, Franklin had long ago settled any arguments over who was the greatest popular vocalist of her time. President George W. Bush awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in 2005.

Franklin's last album, "A Brand New Me", released in 2017, remixed her vintage vocals with newly recorded arrangements.

The singer's final public performance was last November, when she sang at an Elton John AIDS Foundation gala in NY. "Goodbye, Queen of Soul".

CNN anchor Don Lemon remembered the life of the "Queen of Soul", Aretha Franklin, Thursday night, saying her music had been a "soundtrack to his life". She sang at the inaugurations of Presidents Carter, Clinton and Obama.

"She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us for ever". In her most memorable addition, Franklin spelled out her demand for parity for emphasis in the bridge: "R-E-S-P-E-C-T/ Find out what it means to me /R-E-S-P-E-C-T / Take care, TCB [take of business]". But Franklin let her millions of fans into her innermost world in 1999 when she published her autobiography, "Aretha: From These Roots". Her music is legendary.

You can get a glimpse of Franklin at her best in the clips below.

The two Blues Brothers films marked Franklin's only big-screen performances - but that was more than enough to cement her cinematic legacy.

Her success continued into the 1970's, though it began to fade as disco music came to dominate the charts and Franklin herself struggled with some personal issues. Hall followed her husband to try and smooth things over, but only made it worse. "Rest in eternal peace, my friend". She sang and played magnificently and we all wept.

The death of 76-year-old music icon Aretha Franklin has prompted figures across the spectrum, from politics to pop, to pay homage to her tremendous influence on American culture.

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