After news broke that Aretha Franklin was gravely ill, the Queen of Soul has passed away at the age of 76.
One of the greatest voices, who gave us songs such as “Respect,” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” died today after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
She passed away in her Detroit home where she was still under hospice care, surrounded by her friends and family.
Her family has since released a statement:
“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family.”