Aretha Franklin dies in Detroit, surrounded by family and friends

Carla Harmon
August 17, 2018

The iconic singer - known for hits like "Respect" - passed away at her Detroit home after a battle with cancer.

Within a corner of the Motown room is a tribute to Aretha Franklin, a section of the bar painted purple called "Aretha Franklin Corner".

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, has died at her Detroit home at age 76.

US President Donald Trump expressed his condolences to the family of, "a person I knew well - she worked for me on numerous occasions, she was terrific". "The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds". She is also spotted in the audience when Franklin returned at the end of the special to perform "Amazing Grace". She'd made history as the Queen of Soul.

Franklin lent her signature vocals to Ahrens and Flaherty's rousing Ragtime anthem "Make Them Hear You" during the 2009 Mandela Day at Radio City Music Hall.

Singers and musicians quickly flooded social media in mourning her passing, which came on the same day that fellow USA music giant Elvis Presley died at his home in Memphis, the city where Franklin was born, 41 years ago.

1977: Performed "God Bless America" at the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter.

John Stamos tweeted, "She was music".

Her Baptist minister father was the organiser behind the 1963 Detroit Walk to Freedom - the largest-ever demonstration for civil rights in the U.S. until the March on Washington later that year, when the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr made his "I have a dream" speech.

Franklin was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1987 - a year before the Beatles were inducted. Check out some of her most memorable diva moments over the past ten years.

Franklin recorded a classic take of Camelot's "If Ever I Would Leave You" on her 1970 album Sweet Bitter Love.

"Aretha has everything - the power, the technique", Rolling Stone wrote.

After news of her death broke Thursday, fans who remembered seeing the legendary diva in her heyday flocked to the Apollo with flowers. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by then president George W. Bush in 2005.

Soul singer Sam Moore released the following statement: "Aretha Franklin and I have been friends and label mates for more than sixty years".

"The Queen in Waiting: The Columbia Years 1960-1965" (2002): Highlights from her underrated jazz and big-band recordings before she became a national star.

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