Aretha Franklin Dead at 76

Aretha Franklin Dead at 76

Aretha Franklin Dead at 76

The singer's representative, Gwendolyn Quinn, confirmed the news today. She was the recipient of 21 Grammy Awards, the third most for a female artist.

In 2013, Rolling Stone named her as the best singer of all time.

By this point, Franklin had divorced her second husband, actor Glynn Turman, whom she married in 1978; moved from California back to Detroit to assist her father who was shot during a burglary in his home; and stopped flying (Franklin's infrequent tours after 1983 were conducted by bus).

Although she never disclosed her illness, Aretha battled health problems over the years.

Franklin announced her partial retirement past year, saying she would release one last album and perform at "some select things". But a few weeks later she reappeared at the Atlantic Records studio in NY, and, Wexler wrote in his 1993 autobiography Rhythm and the Blues, "made a miracle".

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She won a total of 18 Grammys in her career, including the Legend Award in 1991 and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994. "I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from and where it is now". "I'm not going anywhere". But if it's alien to me, I couldn't lend anything to it. I'll always be grateful for her kindness and support, including her performances at both my inaugural celebrations, and for the chance to be there for what sadly turned out to be her final performance last November at a benefit supporting the fight against HIV/Aids. "Everything she's thinking or dealing with is all in the music, from "Chain of Fools" to "Respect" to her live performances". "Just like her mom, she was one of the great sopranos".

She faced a lot of heartache in her personal life.

As an unmarried teenager, Franklin gave birth to a son at 13 and another two years later.

He explained that she was the same age as his mother and that as a child of the 1960s he remembers her voice being the soundtrack of his childhood. She survived a remarkable eight years after her diagnosis. "It was the right song at the right time". #Aretha Aretha Franklin - Ain't No Way [1968] https://t.co/brNqmH6j9k via @YouTube- Don Lemon (@donlemon) August 15, 2018Other celebrities have made visits to Franklin's home, such as Stevie Wonder and Jesse Jackson Sr., according to Reuters.

She also performed at the inaugurations of three presidents, including Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. As volatile waitress Mrs Murphy, she got to sing her classic anthem Think, as well as a few lines from Jailhouse Rock.

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"She will forever be the Queen of Soul and so much more to all who knew her personally and through her music".

Franklin reached the top of the pop charts in 1987 with 'I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me),' a duet with George Michael. She received our nation's greatest honor in 2005 when she was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The news comes after Franklin's hospitalization was reported Monday.

"It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Aretha Louise Franklin, the Queen of Soul".

By mid-decade, Franklin racked up several strong entries on the R&B singles and album charts, but failed to achieve even one major pop crossover during her six years at Columbia.

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In 2017, Franklin canceled a number of concerts citing health reasons.

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