Rest in Peace, Aretha Franklin

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With over 75 million records sold, 18 Grammy awards and 77 entries into the US Billboard Hot 100, Aretha Franklin gave the world her heart and soul with her incredible voice and inspirational talent. Now, at the young age of 76, the queen of soul tragically deceased due to advanced pancreatic cancer. After first being diagnosed with the tumour back in 2010 and undergoing surgery, she still performed on the stage. Her retirement from the showbusiness was in 2017, but still she had planned two big shows in New Orleans and on the Heritage Fest in April earlier this year. However, both had to be cancelled on her doctor’s orders. Her last album "A Brand New Me" was also released in November 2017.

Her family stated: “In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.”

Elton John, Donald Trump, Barack and Michelle Obama and many other famous figures have stated their respect for the superstar. Bill and Hillary Clinton, at whose 1993 inauguration gala Franklin performed, said in a joint statement: “She will forever be the Queen of Soul and so much more to all who knew her personally and through her music. Our hearts go out to her family and her countless fans.In a separate tweet, Hillary wrote: mourning the loss today of Aretha Franklin who shared her spirit and talent with the world. She deserves not only our RESPECT but also our lasting gratitude for opening our eyes, ears and hearts. Rest in eternal peace, my friend.

We at SOCIETY will never forget Aretha’s soulful voice, nor her candour and passion for music! R.I.P. Aretha Franklin.