Music icon and legendary singer, Aretha Franklin (76), on Thursday passed away at her Detroit home, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, surrounded by her family and loved ones.
“Queen of Soul” as she is fondly called, for her history-making career that spanned six decades, had hits from soul and R&B, to gospel and pop, earning her eighteen grammy awards.
“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,” a statement by her family said.
The family also thanked fans around the world for their “incredible outpouring of love” since it first emerged earlier this week that she was gravely ill.