Aretha Franklin, thought of by many as the Queen of Soul has sadly passed away after becoming ‘gravely ill’ in recent days.
Her representative, Gwendolyn Quinn, said she died on Thursday. The cause was advanced pancreatic cancer.
Aretha, aged 76, began singing in the gospel choir of the church her father was minister at before at just aged 18 in 1960 beginning her recording career. It wouldn’t be however till 1967 that she hit the big time with her hits ‘Respect’ and ‘A Natural Woman’.
Over her long career the awards were plenty, far too many to name all here but a few that stand out were her 18 Grammy awards including 3 Special Grammy awards,
In recent years Aretha Franklin has not kept in very good health, and in 2011 underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer.
Both in 2017 and more recently in early 2018 had cancled performances citing ‘Doctors orders’ with her last live performance being back in 2017 at Elton John’s Aids Foundation fundraiser.
Singer Jennifer Hudson has been chosen to play Franklin in a biopic of her life and there had been rumours of a Tribute Concert planned for New York before news of her illness and death broke. It’s is unknown if this will still happen.