Aretha Franklin, whose gospel-rooted singing and bluesy yet expansive delivery earned her the title "the Queen of Soul," has died, a family statement said Thursday. She was 76.
Franklin died at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit, surrounded by family and friends, according to a statement on behalf of Franklin's family from her longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn.
The "official cause of death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin's oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit," the family statement said.
She had hits like R-E-S-P-E-C-T, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Dr. Feelgood, Think, I Never Loved A man (the way that I love you), Do right
woman Do right man and so many more.
- The first woman admitted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
- she had 88 Billboard chart hits during the rock era, tops among female vocalists.
- she had more than two dozen Top 40 hits
- She won 18 Grammy awards, including the honor for best female R&B performance for eight straight years.
- Her soul was as deep as her voice was strong.
- she was awarded an honorary doctorate at Harvard University commencement on May 29, 2014.
- Franklin performs at the Inaugural Gala for President Jimmy Carter on January 20, 1977
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