Gwendolyn Quinn said the singer died at her home in Detroit on Thursday morning where she was surrounded by friends and family. "We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family", a family statement read.
"Hillary and I mourn the loss of our friend Aretha Franklin, one of America's greatest national treasures", President Bill Clinton said in a statement obtained by Variety. "In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every share - our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect". "As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this hard time".
The '80s were rough going for many singers from Franklin's generation, especially those determined to stay on the charts. Harvard University, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, Berklee College of Music and Yale University are among the institutions that have honored her with Doctorates of Music and Arts. "I'll never forget her", she said. She won a whopping 18 Grammy Awards over the course of her career and sold more than 75 million records.
There was the time she clapped back at a New York Post columnist who assumed how Aretha related to her bosom.
Aretha said, "Okay, uh.great gowns, attractive gowns". And while Fox News attempted to pay homage to the legendary singer, they somehow found a way to drop the ball.
In February 2017, Franklin announced she would stop touring, but she continued to book concerts. Like Wexler, Davis was a Brooklyn-born Jew, and he helped to revive her career, starting with a command performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London and a well-received cameo in the hit movie "The Blues Brothers".
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Pop superstar Ariana Grande, meanwhile, shared a gif of Franklin singing in her younger years.
Let's all take a moment to give thanks for the handsome life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years.
"You got to give 100% and when I played with her I gave 100%".
Showing her famed sense of humour, Aretha responded by pretending to compete with Patti in a lane outside of music. 'We were witnessing the greatest soul artist of all time.
Aretha has been battling the sickness for years and has had to cancel some planned shows and singing tour.