👤 By Christian Smith
Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul has died aged 76 after battling an aggressive form of pancreatic cancer.
The 76-year-old popular US singer, had been reported to be at an hospice days before her death.
The family of the RESPECT crooner, first to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, have confirmed her passing.
In a statement they said, “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.
“We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world.
“Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”
Tributes have come flooding in for the deceased singer on social media.
Paul McCartney tweeted @PaulMcCartney “Let’s all take a moment to give thanks for the beautiful life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years.
“She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever. Love Paul.”