Published on August 16th, 2018 | by Nicole Vear
The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin Has Passed Away At the Age of 76
The Queen of Soul passed away at her home in Detroit at the age of 76 according to her longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn. The “official cause of death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin’s oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit,” the family statement said. It was announced on August 14th that Franklin was gravely ill, sending a global flurry of well wishes and prayers.
Aretha’s impact spanned decades and impacted so many. The daughter of Detroit and the late great Reverend C.L. Franklin, Aretha was a child prodigy who was self-taught on the piano. Her vocals paired with the piano at such a young age were astounding. Recording both Gospel and R&B songs, her repertoire included Jazz and a performance at the 1998 Grammy Awards cemented that she too, could sing Opera. Her singing Blues was a given as she first came to stardom with the hit song “Never Loved a Man the Way That I Love You”. Aretha sang with an honesty and sincerity that is unparalleled.
Aretha was a consummate performer who’s mink coat was one of her best stage companions. She worked it in a way that helped define why she was called a diva in the best definition of the word. The poignant reality of one of her biggest hits “R.E.S.P.E.C.T.”, is that she demanded it always with graciousness and with the fact that her body of work backed it up. There are few people in the music industry who can unanimously capture the attention of the world in the way Aretha has in her death. The many who have such as Whitney Houston, Prince, James Brown all had one thing in common – no one was like them and no one is like Aretha. Her musical counterparts were many, but her gift alone distinguished her. As the world mourns together for Aretha, may we remember the ways she stayed true to her divine creativity and how she blessed us all with purposeful song.