Social media awash with tributes for 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin dies at 76

The publicist for Franklin confirmed that she had died on Thursday at her home in Detroit.

When the death of Aretha Franklin was announced on Thursday morning, one USA president paid tribute to a voice that offered "a glimpse of the divine", in which Americans could feel "our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect".

"We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin's family and friends", a Fox News spokesperson said.

"We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans around the world".

She recorded hundreds of tracks during her legendary career, including hits such as Respect, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, I Say A Little Prayer and Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves.

Last year, the music icon announced her plans to retire, saying she would perform at "some select things".

In 1987, she became the first female artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Franklin's music also helped serve as a springboard for a number of young guitarists who later became legends themselves.

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

The two Blues Brothers films marked Franklin's only big-screen performances - but that was more than enough to cement her cinematic legacy. She made worldwide headlines in 2008, when she sang "My Country 'Tis of Thee" during President Barack Obama's inauguration.

A gifted pianist as well as singer, she was a self-taught child prodigy.

"We are losing a lot of our icons - Prince, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston", said Angelica McKinney, the man who played some of Franklin's songs during the event. August 16 at 76 years old.

Franklin announced her partial retirement previous year, most recently performing in November at Sir Elton John's Aids Foundation's 25th anniversary gala in NY. Like so many others expressing their sadness today, I owe to her more joy and love of music itself than I'd ever be able to put into words. The diva posted to her Instagram: "Aretha Franklin. Goodbye, Queen of Soul".

Singing along to the music, Lemon said the loss hit home. These songs would go on to earn her the title of Queen of Soul. A woman that was very passionate about her music and a woman that was also kind and giving.

Although Franklin sang at the event, called "In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul", she doesn't appear to have shared the stage with LaBelle.

"This love song is a song a girl took away from me. but I'm still going to do it anyway", he said. "I just know she had on a green coat".

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