Aretha Franklin: A life in pictures

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"Thus‚ we join in saying a little prayer for Mama Franklin‚ that her soul may rest in the same proud soul that her soul music gave to humanity in general".

The singer tweeted, "I am deeply saddened about the passing of the Queen of Soul and my sister in song, Aretha Franklin".

"For more than 50 years, she stirred our souls", said the former U.S. president in a joint statement with his wife, the former secretary of state.

Franklin died of pancreatic cancer at age 76.

She performed at the inaugurations of presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, singing "My Country 'Tis of Thee" at the investiture of the country's first African-American head of state. She was also not in the photo that Fox ran on air.

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Aretha Franklin dies at 76
Other hits include "Day Dreaming" (1972), "Jump to It" (1982), "Freeway of Love" (1985), and "A Rose Is Still A Rose" (1998). As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this hard time", the statement concluded.

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.

Other hits include "Day Dreaming" (1972), "Jump to It" (1982), "Freeway of Love" (1985), and "A Rose Is Still A Rose" (1998).

The Detroit News later reported that she was in hospice care, as artists from across the musical spectrum offered well wishes to the singer who lived in Detroit - the Motor City, home of Motown - most of her life.

The same farewell was given to civil rights icon Rosa Parks in 2005. She had battled health issues in recent years and in 2017 announced her retirement from touring.

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