Aretha Franklin dies at 76

Posted on FEB 23, 2019

Franklin died at her home in Detroit surrounded by family and friends.

Aretha Franklin, the iconic Queen of Soul music, has died, according to CNN. She was 76.

Franklin died at her home in Detroit surrounded by family and friends, according to a statement from her publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn. The statement said that Franklin died of advanced pancreatic cancer.
The musical legend announced that she would stop touring in February 2017 but continued to book select appearances at various events, the latest of which was in November 2017 at Elton John's AIDS Foundation event.

Franklin sang in the choir of her father's church and began her recording career at age 14, when she recorded gospel music. After she was signed by Atlantic Records in the late '60s, she transitioned into the R&B vocalist fans came to love. Much of her music, including the classic "Respect," became anthems for social change within the feminist and Civil Rights movements.

Franklin was the first woman admitted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and had 88 Billboard charting songs during the rock era, including more than two dozen top 40 songs. She won 18 Grammy awards, including best female R&B performance -- a category many say was created just for her -- eight times in a row.

"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," Franklin's family said in a statement. "Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on.