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Aretha Franklin (Fred A. Sabine / NBC / NBCU Photo Gallery / Getty Images)
Aretha Franklin (Fred A. Sabine / NBC / NBCU Photo Gallery / Getty Images)
Aretha Franklin (1942 – 2018) was affectionately called “The Queen of Soul.” Blessed with an incredible voice, she was a giant of soul music. Franklin’s signature song was her version of Otis Redding’s “Respect,” released in 1967. Her many hit songs included “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Women,” “Freeway of Love,” and “Rock Steady.”

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Died: Thursday, August 16, 2018

Details of Death: Died due to advance pancreatic cancer at the age of 76, according to multiple news sources.

Memorable Moments: The first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Given a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. Ranked first on Rolling Stone’s list of the greatest singers of all time.

Notable Quote: “Being a singer is a natural gift. It means I'm using to the highest degree possible the gift that God gave me to use. I'm happy with that.”

What people said about her: “The voice of God, if you must know, is Aretha Franklin's.” – Singer Marianne Faithfull

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Published in The Commercial Appeal on August 28, 2018
Aretha Franklin Memphis, TN March 25, 1942 - August 16, 2018 On behalf of the Franklin family, they extend their heartfelt thanks for your overwhelming expressions of prayer and condolences.... Read Obituary
Published in The Seattle Times on August 19, 2018
Aretha Franklin The "Queen of Soul," Aretha Franklin, died in her home city of Detroit, Michigan, on August 16, 2018, at the age of 76 years. She was born on March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee.... Read Obituary
Published in The Seattle Times on August 16, 2019
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Published online on August 17, 2018 courtesy of Winnfield Funeral Home- Alexandria - Alexandria.
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Published online on August 18, 2018 courtesy of Swanson Funeral Home [North West] - Detroit.
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Published online on August 20, 2018 courtesy of Wilson-Wooddale Funeral Home.
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Published online on August 27, 2018 courtesy of E. H. Ford Mortuary - MEMPHIS.
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Published online on August 29, 2018 courtesy of Gregg L Mason Funeral Home.
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Published online on August 16, 2018 courtesy of Tributes.com
Aretha Franklin, affectionately known as "Queen of Soul," died at her home in Detroit on Thursday, August 16, 2018, after a battle with pancreatic cancer, according to multiple news sources. For full... Read Obituary
Published online on August 28, 2018 courtesy of Tributes.com
Aretha was born on March 25, 1942 and passed away in August 2018. Aretha was a resident of Detroit, Michigan at the time of passing. Read Less Express your condolences with flowers sent to... Read Obituary
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