Aretha Franklin, Dead at 76, Recorded in Miami

Aug 17, 2018, 05:13
Aretha Franklin, Dead at 76, Recorded in Miami

The statement said "Franklin's official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin's oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute" in Detroit. Beyoncé dedicated her August 13 Detroit concert with Jay-Z to the soul legend.

Franklin had a history of health problems over the years. In 2017, she announced her retirement from touring, though said she'd continue to work on music.

In 2014, she released an album of covers from across the soul spectrum - not just Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U", but also Adele's "Rolling in the Deep". Although she's had many, many more, here are a collection of her most iconic moments.

Lou Adams, 77, who had seen Franklin perform at the Apollo, said she was one of the greats.

Franklin was born March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Carpenter said Franklin, a lifelong Baptist whose mother and sisters were gospel singers, continued to represent her church roots on stage and on some of her secular albums for decades after that, and influenced artists in genres stretching from R&B to country.

Sir Elton added, on Instagram: 'Her voice was unique, her piano playing underrated - she was one of my favourite pianists. She started performing in front of her father's congregation and as part of a traveling revival show.

Family sources tell TMZ they have struggled this week, as news broke Aretha was in her final days of life.

The 18-time Grammy award victor inspired multiple singers during her five-decade career from pop diva Mariah Carey and the late Whitney Houston, to Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige and the late Amy Winehouse.

Franklin's career hit a commercial slump in the late 1970s. Franklin had been singing and recording for 10 years and was ready to make her statement.

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Franklin, who had been the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, took the mic and rose.

In 2005, Franklin was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest award for an American civilian - by then-president George W. Bush.

Rhythm and blues singer Aretha Franklin performs at the inaugural gala for President Clinton in Washington on January 19, 1993.

The next year, she traveled to Alabama to record - but went AWOL after an altercation with a white horn player and only agreed to finish the sessions back in NY, according to the biography.

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