Aretha Franklin Dies At Age 76 After Years Of Health Struggles

Aretha Franklin ‘Queen of Soul’ Dies At 76

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Aretha Franklin dies after health struggles including a battle with pancreatic cancer

Aretha Franklin, undisputed Queen of Soul, has died at the age of 76 after a mostly private battle with pancreatic cancer. In recent days, there were reports of her entering hospice due to her failing health and now, the world is mourning the loss of an icon.

Born in Memphis, Franklin began her career singing gospel music at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit where her father was a minister. At 18 years old, she embarked on a soul-singing career beginning with a Columbia Records deal but signed with Atlantic in 1967. It was then that the hits began to roll in — “Respect”,”(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, “Spanish Harlem” and “Think.” As the 1960s drew to a close, she was already known as the Queen of Soul.

Over the course of her storied career, Franklin recorded 112 charted Billboard singles and several acclaimed albums including I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Lady Soul, Young, Gifted and Black, and Amazing Grace. She won a total of 18 Grammy awards and has sold over 75 million records worldwide.

Her family has released a statement thanking Franklin’s many fans. “We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers”

The woman is a legend in her own time and the world is grieving and remembering her accordingly.