- Singer and legend Aretha Franklin has sadly passed away at the age of 76.
- Famous for hits such as Respect, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman and Spanish Harlem,
- She was reported to be gravely ill in hospital on August 13.
- Aretha was surrounded by friends and family when she died.
It’s a sad day for the music industry and the world, legendary singer Aretha Franklin has passed away at the age of 76.
On August 13, she was reported to be gravely ill in hospital as friends and family asked for prayers and privacy during that time.
The iconic soul-singer, who became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 was diagnosed with cancer in 2010.
Since then, she’s been battling the illness and refused to be knocked out by it and in 2017, she confirmed it would be her last time doing any live performances.
“I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it”.
Her last public performance was in August 2017 in Philadelphia and her last live appearance was last year in November for an Elton John AIDS Foundation benefit in New York.
Aside from battling cancer, Aretha is also struggling with weight complications and an alcohol addiction throughout her life.
“Tragically, cancer was an illness which ran in her family. All three of her siblings died from cancer, her brother Cecil, who managed her career, died in 1989. Her sister, Carolyn, died in 1988, while her eldest sister Erma lost her battle to cancer in 2002.”
Apart from being the first woman inducted into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the soul-singer won 20 Grammy awards and three American Music Awards, she was also hailed by Rolling Stone as the greatest singer of all time.
The iconic singer sang at Martin Luther King’s funeral in 1968.
Ms. Franklin had a total of 20 number one R&B singles, and recorded around 130 singles and 42 studio albums in all, and the most charted female artist in Billboard‘s history.
Watch her incredible career
She received her Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 1979 and her voice was declared a Michigan ‘natural resource’ in 1985.
Aretha was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 1994 and in 2005, she was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Former President Barack Obama said after Aretha’s performance of ‘A Natural Woman’ at the 2015 Kennedy Center,
“Nobody embodies more fully the connection between the African-American spiritual, the blues, R&B, rock and roll – the way that hardship and sorrow were transformed into something full of beauty and vitality and hope.”
Our sincere condolences to the friends and family of Aretha Franklin and she will be remembered forever.