The Queen of Soul has said goodbye to her throne.
After her battle with pancreatic cancer, Aretha Franklin, 76, died this Wednesday morning at her home in Detroit, Michigan.
The revered vocalist had been falling visibly ill since the past year, but she had chosen to keep the troublesome information only within a select few family and friends, some of whom were with her at the time of her death.
In a statement released by Franklin’s publicist, it was revealed that the official cause of her death was ruled as advanced pancreatic cancer. She had been getting treatment by physicians at the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit.
The singer had been known for reshaping Gospel music in a manner that had not been done before. Over her illustrious career, her vocals had been the center-point of many social movements throughout the past few decades.
The thought was also expressed by former President Barack Obama.
Aretha helped define the American experience. 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. pic.twitter.com/bfASqKlLc5
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 16, 2018
Other notable personalities that lamented the loss of the legendary figure included Barbra Streisand, who toured with Franklin in 2011.
This photo was taken in 2012 when Aretha & I performed at a tribute celebration for our friend Marvin Hamlisch. It’s difficult to conceive of a world without her. Not only was she a uniquely brilliant singer,but her commitment to civil rights made an indelible impact on the world pic.twitter.com/Px9zVB90MM
— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) August 16, 2018
While the artist had chosen to keep the matters of her health private for a long time, more recently, a source close to her had revealed that she was in hospice care.
Since then, fans around the world had been preparing themselves for the inevitable, with several news stories, tweets and posts being shared to show their support to Franklin who had been a known figure at the heart of the Civil Rights movement.
Often dubbed as the Sound of the Civil Rights movement, the vocalist’s songs had been known for becoming “anthems” leading up to heartfelt speeches and history-changing decisions. At the age of 26, she went on to pay her tribute at the funeral of Martin Luther King Jr.
Looked upon by as the voice for change and respect, Franklin had been treasured throughout the music community and would be sorely missed.
It was mentioned that the details of the funeral arrangements will be revealed by the family later, who are currently taking the time to mourn their loss.