UPDATE: The “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin Dies at Age 76, Lauryn Hill, Questlove & More Respond

Source: YouTube

Aretha Franklin, considered my many to be the greatest singer of all time, died at her home in Detroit, Michigan on Thursday (August 15th).

She was 76.

Cause of death was pancreatic cancer according to her publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn. Earlier in the week news came out that “The Queen of Soul” was gravely ill, and was being surrounded by friends and family.

Franklin, who’s last performance was last year in New York City, had been fighting cancer since 2010.

As soon as the news came out, an out pouring of love came from some of the most memorable voices in entertainment.

Everyone from Nas to Lauryn Hill to Maxwell to Barack Obama showed their love and respect for the legendary singer.


Source: NYTimes 

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