The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, has Died

Aretha Franklin passed on August 16 at 9:50 a.m. in her home. The singer was 76. The official cause of death was due to pancreatic cancer of the Neurodocrine type, according to CNN.

Franklin had health issues for years and appeared ill in recent photos, but kept her health struggles private. The singer died surrounded by her friends and family—her legacy as the queen of soul will live on.

Franklin was known for some of her hit songs such as “Respect” and “I Say a Little Prayer.” Many of her songs are considered classics and she was the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The artist also won 18 Grammys in her career.

Franklin was born in Memphis, TN to a preacher and a gospel singer. Her talents were apparent at an early age. Her parents split by the time she was six. A few years after, her mother suffered from a heart attack and died. Her father relocated the family to Detroit, MI where Franklin got her start in singing at her father’s congregation. By the age of 14, she had recorded some tracks at her father’s church. She also performed on C.L’s traveling revival show.

She signed with Columbia Records in 1961 and released the album “Aretha.” She continued to impress the music industry with hit after hit. She collaborated with many big name artists and won many awards.

Franklin is one of the most honored Grammy-winning artists and her soulful sound will not be forgotten.