Aretha Franklin started with gospel, ended with soul at age 76

Aretha Franklin and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the late 1960s

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul has died aged 76.

The statement said "Franklin's official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin's oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute" in Detroit. Beyoncé dedicated her August 13 Detroit concert with Jay-Z to the soul legend.

In recent days, the ailing star had been visited by Stevie Wonder, the Rev Jesse Jackson and her ex-husband, actor Glynn Turman.

By the end of the year, Franklin was starring in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

In 2010, she underwent surgery for an undisclosed reason after feeling pain in her side, which was rumored to be connected to pancreatic cancer-a claim she rebuffed.

Franklin won 18 Grammy awards. "This will be my previous year", Franklin said in an interview with a local Detroit TV station. She told Elle her contract in the 1960s included the clause that she would never perform for a segregated audience. Her final performance was at an Elton John AIDS Foundation gala in New York City in November 2017.

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Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee, on March 25, 1942.

"She sang some seriously stupid s-t".

After news of her death broke Thursday, fans who remembered seeing the legendary diva in her heyday flocked to the Apollo with flowers. It's what made singers like Aretha the greatest of the great. "Michelle and I send our prayers and warmest sympathies to her family and all those moved by her song".

Franklin stayed in Gotham through the peak of her career - returning to record and play Madison Square Garden, the Apollo and on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" - finally moving to LA in 1975. But she garnered renewed attention after appearing in the 1980 musical comedy film The Blues Brothers. She also sang (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2015, attended by Obama, and her performance moved him to tears.

At 16 years of age, Franklin went on tour with him, just after recording her first album.

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