Aretha Franklin, the queen of soul and a music icon has died at the age of 76. She died from advanced pancreatic cancer according to the AP.
In a statement to the AP, her publicist said, “Franklin’s official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin’s oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute.” She died at 9:50 am at her home in Detroit.
Her family added, “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 singer, whose discography has touched people around the world with iconic tracks like “I Say A Prayer,” “Respect,” “Son Of A Preacher Man,” “Think,” “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman,” and countless others, had an inimitable voice that elevated her to the very top of music and made her the undisputed queen of soul. She racked up more than 20 US number 1s over her seven-decade career, while touching the hearts of millions over.
She was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and announced last year she was retiring from music.
Reactions to her death are coming in from around music and the world.