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Aretha Franklin dies in Detroit, surrounded by family and friends

Aretha Franklin dies in Detroit, surrounded by family and friends”

She died in her Detroit home this morning after a battle with pancreatic cancer. The musical Icon was much more than friendly face in a sea of "big industry " counterfeits; in the late 60s, Aretha became an important proponent of mainstream civil rights groups within the movement.

Her most identifiable hit "Respect" only scratches the surface of her unending relevance.

And that's just a sampling of the outpouring of love Aretha Franklin and her loved ones received on this very sad day.

"My heart feels empty", said Sheila Black, 51, who grew up nearby in the city's Harlem neighborhood and recalled listening to Franklin's "Another Night Without You" to get over heartbreak.

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The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) said her music would inspire people for generations.

The singer, most famous for hits such as Think and Respect, was the first women ever to be acknowledged in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Following Franklin's death, Diana Ross simply wrote on Twitter: "I'm sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin". "She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever".

Franklin's publicist Gwendolyn Quinn issued the following statement from the singer's family: "It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Aretha Louise Franklin, the Queen of Soul".

"What I love about it is that she never lost her connection to the church and that church training was always channeled through her music regardless of what she was singing", Staton told RNS.

"While we're on the subject, let's watch her performance of "(You Make Me Feel) Like a Natural Woman", which made Barack Obama cry. "Thank You Queen. Aretha Franklin". Meanwhile Josh Gad shared QUOTE, "RIP #ArethaFranklin - you changed music forever and will be remembered as one of the all time greats". She sang "Precious Lord, Take My Hand", at Jackson's funeral and also performed the song, which was one of the favorites of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., at the 2011 dedication of the Washington memorial in his honor.



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