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.
BREAKING: Publicist for Aretha Franklin says the Queen of Soul died Thursday at her home in Detroit.
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 16, 2018
News of Franklin’s death comes hours after it was reported she was “at peace with her journey.”
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.