Legendary soul artist Aretha Franklin has died at 76. Franklin’s longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn confirms in a statement on Thursday (Aug. 16). The icon had been battling pancreatic cancer.
Worship leader and songwriter Darlene Zschech honors the late Franklin with these words: “I don’t think there’s many vocalists who have not been inspired by the queen of soul, Aretha Franklin.”
Franklin Graham, minister and president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association writes: “The world lost an incredible voice today when ‘the Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin passed away. She once said, ‘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.'” he quoted the popular diva who always accredited God for her gift. I know she will be greatly missed. My prayers are with her family.”
Gospel singer Yolanda Adams accredited the “queen of soul” for her own musical talents as well. “All Hail The QUEEN!!! Prayers and comfort to the Franklin Family as we say Good Bye to a TRUE LEGEND,” Yolanda wrote on Instagram. “My heart is overwhelmed because Mrs. Aretha had such a great influence on My Musical Life. I grew up listening to her almost every day. Business Woman, Philanthropist, Mother….. her Achievements go on and on. I’m so glad I got a chance to tell her how much I love her
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