BREAKING: RIP Aretha Franklin

posted by Steve - 

Aretha Franklin has died at the age of 76. According to the Associated Press, The Queen of Soul passed away in Detroit surrounded by her friends and family on Thursday (Aug. 16). She has been suffering for years from pancreatic cancer.

There were multiple reports on Monday (Aug. 13) that the singer was gravely ill. “I am so saddened to report that the Queen of Soul and my good friend, Aretha Franklin is gravely ill,” Detroit news anchor Evrod Cassimy revealed via Twitter. “I spoke with her family members this morning. She is asking for your prayers at this time. "Franklin had been in poor health for some time. 

According to Rolling Stone, The Queen of Soul cancelled her scheduled 2018 tour dates after her doctor recommended she "stay off the road and rest completely for at least the next two months.” Rumors circulated in 2010 that Franklin was battling pancreatic cancer, however, the singer denied those reports. TMZ reported on Monday (Aug. 13) that Franklin was, in fact, battling cancer before her death. The iconic singer's last performance took place in November 2017 at Elton John’s annual AIDS Foundation Gala. She performed a nine-song set, which included one of her greatest hits "Say a Little Prayer." Franklin had 20 number one singles, including "Respect," "Bridge Over Troubled Water," and "Chain of Fools." 

She was the first woman to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Franklin was awarded both a Grammy Legend Award in 1991 and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994. She has 44 Grammy nominations overall and 18 wins.

title

Content Goes Here