Detroit, MI

Aretha Franklin, the much-celebrated Queen of Soul, has died at the age of 76 following a long battle with advanced pancreatic cancer.

The Memphis-born powerhouse, who was behind such timeless hits as “Respect” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” died on Thursday (August 16), according to the Associated Press.

News of Franklin’s death comes hours after it was reported she was “at peace with her journey.”

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Earlier in the week, it was revealed the Grammy Award-winning singer was “gravely ill” in a Detroit hospital. The announcement was followed by well wishes and tributes from  Beyoncé, Missy Elliott, Mariah Carey and Jermaine Dupri, among others.

Franklin leaves behind a storied legacy, which began in the 1950s. Her most recent album, A Brand New Me, was released in 2017.

HipHopDX sends its condolences to Franklin’s friends and family. [apple_news_ad type=”any”]