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Fox News Mistakenly Uses Photo of Patti LaBelle in Aretha Franklin Tribute

Fox News Mistakenly Uses Photo of Patti LaBelle in Aretha Franklin Tribute

With a distinct voice that set her apart from her contemporaries and the many that attempted to follow in her footsteps, Aretha Franklin's music has formed a part of some of our most tender memories.

Initially living in and out of cheap hotels and leaving her young kids back home in her native Detroit, the young singer cut her teeth at local jazz venues like the Village Vanguard and Village Gate.

Clive Davis, chief creative officer of Sony Music Entertainment, said in a statement he was "absolutely devastated by Aretha's passing".

Behold the response in GIF form. The photo is of Patti LaBelle from her 2014 performance of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" for President Barack Obama.

That same year, Aretha serenaded Swift, who really was not worthy.

Known for hits like "Respect, ' 'Think" and 'Chain of Fools, ' she gave her final performance November 2017 at a NY gala in aid of the Elton John Aids Foundation.

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Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, who appeared with Franklin in her cover of Rolling Stones classic Jumping Jack Flash, posted a simple tribute. FOX 2 Detroit News Anchor Huel Perkins is a close friend, and says Aretha was particularly challenged health wise over the a year ago but that her spirits were always high.

Rapper and fashion designer Pharrell Williams shared a 1972 Los Angeles recording of Franklin singing Mary Don't You Weep.

"As a daughter of the movement, she not only used her voice to entertain but to uplift and inspire generations through songs that have become anthems". She begins her solo with "The moment I wake up/Before I put on my makeup/I say a little" before backup singers chime in with "prayer for you".

The multi-time Grammy Award victor performed a rousing rendition of "America the Beautiful" at WrestleMania III and again at WrestleMania 23. "You don't get to get that title by being mediocre". She later received two honorary doctorates of music, from Berklee College of Music and Yale University.

Franklin, who had announced retirement plans in 2017, had hoped to continue touring in 2018.

2011: Franklin had a comeback concert in 2011 but was forced to cancel several of those performances due to an undisclosed medical condition.