Aretha Franklin has passed away at 76 years old, the singer’s publicist confirmed to the Associated Press on Thursday (August 16).
BREAKING: Publicist for Aretha Franklin says the Queen of Soul died Thursday at her home in Detroit.
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 16, 2018
News of the singer’s ailing health broke on Monday, August 13, when WDIV morning anchor Evrod Cassimy, a close friend to Franklin, reported she was “gravely ill.” “BREAKING NEWS: I am so saddened to report that the Queen of Soul and my good friend, Aretha Franklin is gravely ill,” he tweeted early Monday. “I spoke with her family members this morning. She is asking for your prayers at this time. I’ll have more details as I’m allowed to release.”
In a separate on-air report, Cassimy expanded: “Right now Aretha’s asking people here in the city of Detroit, where she calls home, to pray for her. As for her condition her—her illness—right now, we’re asked not to release that information.”
— Local 4 WDIV Detroit (@Local4News) August 13, 2018
Franklin was born on March 25, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee. Her father, C. L. Franklin, was a very famous pastor and civil rights activist who moved the family to Detroit when she was 2 years old. In 1956, Franklin released her first album, Songs of Faith, kicking off a six-decade reign of soul music. By the end of the 1960s, Franklin was known as the Queen of Soul: a title that’s stayed with her throughout her illustrious career.
In February 2017, Franklin announced she was retiring after over 60 years in the music business. “I am retiring this year,” she told WDIV Local 4 in Detroit at the time. “I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it.” Her last performance was in November 2017 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Several musicians took to Twitter shortly after Cassimy reported on Franklin’s health to express their love.
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) August 13, 2018
My prayers are with Aretha Franklin & her family during this difficult time LOOK BELOW @ what I tweeted at the top of the year we MUST CELEBRATE the Living Legends while they are here to see it. So many have given us decades of Timeless music… https://t.co/VVacLxcMSI
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) August 13, 2018
Praying for Aretha Franklin and her family right now!
— Ciara (@ciara) August 13, 2018
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) August 13, 2018
Prayers going up for the Queen of Soul tonight. Music just wouldn’t be same if not for Aretha Franklin. pic.twitter.com/oHHO5Kvfah
— Jackée Harry (@JackeeHarry) August 13, 2018
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