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'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies at age of 76

'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies at age of 76

She recorded hundreds of tracks during her legendary career, including hits such as Respect, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, I Say A Little Prayer and Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves. Here, The Los Angeles Times looks back at her life, her music and her impact. The story of how Franklin took a song originally written and released by Otis Redding and made it her own can be career inspiration for us all.

Speaking to RT, King reminisced about the "revolutionary" singer, who "knew who she was, knew what she wanted, and got what she wanted". While she denied the tumour was cancerous, the illness did cause Franklin to suffer significant weight loss, and she had to cancel a number of scheduled shows.

Rest in peace Aretha Franklin.

Aretha said, "Okay, uh.great gowns, handsome gowns".

She would also sing the anthem before Game 3 of the 2011 American League Championship Series, which was between the Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers.

The two Blues Brothers films marked Franklin's only big-screen performances - but that was more than enough to cement her cinematic legacy.

Over the years, Franklin received 18 Grammy Awards and sold tens of millions of records.

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". She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human.

Sir Elton added, on Instagram: 'Her voice was unique, her piano playing underrated - she was one of my favourite pianists.

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They said: "For more than 50 years, she stirred our souls".

US President Bill Clinton (pictured right) along with First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton award singer Aretha Franklin (pictured centre) with the 1999 National Medal of Arts and Humanities Award at Constitution Hall in Washington.

Born March 25, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee, Franklin eventually moved to Detroit, where she grew up singing gospel songs.

Aretha Franklin had presence.

Her parents separated in 1948, and contrary to popular belief, Barbara Frankin stayed very close to her children until her death in 1952.

'Our intention was to honor the icon using a secondary image of her performing with Patti LaBelle in the full screen graphic, but the image of Ms Franklin was obscured in that process, which we deeply regret'. The songstress was married twice, first to Theodore "Ted" White in 1961, but the marriage was reportedly abusive and they divorced by 1969.

In 2010, she suffered serious health problems, but continued to perform until late previous year, singing last in November 2017 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in NY.

Her last live performance was Nov 7, 2017, for the Elton John Aids Foundation gala in NY.

Inducted to the Apollo's Walk of Fame in 2010, Franklin performed there more than a dozen times, most recently in 2010.


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