Tributes are pouring in from the worlds of entertainment and politics for Aretha Franklin, the US singer known as the Queen of Soul, who has died at 76.
Franklin performed at inauguration events for three US presidents and was a powerful advocate for the civil rights movement. “For more than 50 years, she stirred our souls,” Bill and Hillary Clinton said in a joint statement.
Barack Obama said her music had “helped define the American Experience”. Remembered for hits like Respect and I Say A Little Prayer, Franklin won 18 Grammys and had 17 Top Ten US chart hits over a musical career spanning seven decades.
She was diagnosed with cancer in 2010, and announced last year she was retiring from music.
The singer died at her home in Detroit surrounded by family and loved ones, her family said in a statement. .
Just like Micheal Jackson, the world will never forget. RIP Aretha Franklin!! .
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