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Trump, Obama, Clinton react to Aretha Franklin's death

Trump, Obama, Clinton react to Aretha Franklin's death

Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela tweeted: "Thank you for the music Aretha Franklin".

Franklin's records sold millions of copies and the music industry couldn't honor her enough.

A professional singer and accomplished pianist by her late teens and a superstar by her mid-20s, Franklin had long ago settled any arguments over who was the greatest popular vocalist of her time. "The pop star joined house band The Roots for a special rendition of "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman".

As previously reported, Franklin died of pancreatic cancer on Thursday at the age of 76.

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The 18-time Grammy award victor inspired multiple singers during her six-decade career from pop diva Mariah Carey and the late Whitney Houston, to Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Mary J Blige, and the late Amy Winehouse. "The world is poorer for her not being here", he said.

In 1968, she became only the second African-American woman to have been featured on the cover of Time magazine, and in 1987 she was the first ever female inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The image hails from a 2014 performance at the White House, where she sang for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. "She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human".

In 2005, Franklin was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest award for an American civilian - by then-president George W. Bush. A musical icon in the truest sense of the term, Franklin captivated the ears and hearts of a nation with her powerhouse voice for more than 50 years, and will continue to do so for many years to come. That same year, Detroit named a street after her.


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