Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin dies at 76

August 16, 2018

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin has died at 76.

Her representative, Gwendolyn Quinn, said she died on Thursday. The cause was advanced pancreatic cancer.

One of the world's best known soul singers, Mr Quinn said she passed away at 9.50 am local time at her home in Detroit, Michigan.

A family statement, describing Franklin as "the matriarch and rock of our family", said her death was "one of the darkest moments of our lives".

They thanked fans around the world for their "compassion and prayers", adding: "We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on".

The singer had cancelled recent shows due to ill health, and was later reported to be seriously ill.

Stars were quick to mourn the loss of the soul legend, with Elton John, Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Lionel Richie and Carole King among those paying their respects.

In a statement, former US president Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary called Franklin "one of America's greatest national treasures".

Tommorow (Friday's) Throwback at 12 with Nat will be devoted to the music of Aretha Franklin with a 30 minute Throwback special.

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