Aretha Franklin Dies at 76

The world became a little less soulful on Thursday as Aretha Franklin passed away at the age of 76.

The Respect singer died in her Detroit home as s result of advanced pancreatic cancer.

Dubbed the “Queen of Soul”, Aretha has no less than 18 Grammys to her name and was the very first woman to be inducted into the prestigious Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. She had 88 Billboard chart hits during the rock era, tops among female vocalists. At the peak of her career, she had more than two dozen Top 40 hits.

The late icon had been in poor health of late, with friends and family visiting her bedside. Amongst them was fellow legendary musician, Steve Wonder, and Reverend Jesse Jackson.

“Aretha helped define the American experience,” former President Barack Obama said in a statement. “In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade — our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace.”

Many stars have now paid tribute to Miss Franklin following her death, including Elton John who said that their shared birthday meant so much to him:

Fellow diva Diana Ross had Aretha in her prayers:

Crooner John Legend called the late singer the greatest vocalist he’s ever known:

Sir Paul McCartney declared that the memory of her greatness will live on:

Barbara Streisand brought attention to Aretha’s commitment to civil rights:

And Lenny Kravitz stated that the Queen is now sitting on a heavenly throne:

RIP, Miss Franklin. You definitely deserved all the respect you earned.