Aretha Franklin, ‘Queen of Soul,’ has died at 76

Aretha Franklin, ‘Queen of Soul,’ has died at 76
Aretha Franklin (Image: YouTube screen grab via CBS)

[Ed. – Passing of a legend]

“It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Aretha Louise Franklin,” her family said via a statement issued by her longtime representative. “Franklin … passed away on Thursday morning, August 16 at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit, MI, surrounded by family and loved ones. Franklin’s official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type.”

Calling the loss “one of the darkest moments of our lives,” family members said they “are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart.”

“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,” the statement continued. “We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”

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