The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin is confirmed dead at age of 76.
Reports stated earlier this week her death was “imminent.” Her publicist tells the Associated Press that she died pancreatic cancer in her home Thursday morning.
The family states “In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.”
She was a soulful songstress with hits like “Say a little Prayer, ” “Natural Woman,” and huge anthem “Respect.” Also, she was an amazing pianist and songwriter.
She has given her fans hits for over half a century and records sold millions of copies. The Queen conquered 18 Grammy’s and 77 Hot 100 entries. Miss Aretha Franklin became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and gets the name Greatest Singer of All Time by Rolling Stone.
She has leaves us with hits and fans will continue to admire the mark she leaves behind in the industry. May the Queen of Soul Rest in Paradise.