star has gone. According to the American press, Aretha Franklin died on Thursday, August 16, 2018, surrounded by her family and loved ones at her home in Detroit. The 76-year-old singer has been fighting for years against pancreatic cancer.

Aretha Franklin is dead. On Thursday, August 16, 2018 (the day that is also the 41st anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley ), the legendary Respect and I Say hits Little Prayer at the age of 76 at her home. Detroit, Michigan, surrounded by family and loved ones. A sad news announced by TMZ that comes days after his entourage revealed that the American star was “in need of prayer ” and that she was ” in serious condition ” .

It was about eight years since the Queen of Soul bravely fought (and quietly) against a cancer that had been diagnosed in 2010. The one who last sang in November 2017 on the occasion of the founding of Elton John against AIDS had had his first surgery shortly after diagnosis, and then took time to follow various treatments.

During his long career, Aretha Franklin has won 18 Grammy Awards, the most prestigious musical awards. She is also the first woman to be admitted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the American pantheon of rock. In 2005, she received from President George W. Bush the Liberty Medal, the highest honor for a civilian in the United States. In January 2009, she sang for the inauguration of President Barack Obama , the first African American president in the history of the United States.

Her main hits include (A Woman You Like Me) , Day Dreaming , Jump to It , Freeway of Love and A Rose Is Still A Rose .

Aretha Franklin leaves behind four sons: Clarence (63) and Edward (61), whose fathers were his childhood loves. The singer was 12 years old and 14 years old when she had her first children. There is also Ted Jr. (age 54), born from his first marriage with Ted White, and Kecalf (age 48), resulting from his relationship with Ken Cunningham.
 
The music world mourns the death of one of the greatest singers of the past century. In this live blog we keep track of the reactions.

Oprah Winfrey once hosted Franklin in her talk show. “We will miss you Queen”, the presenter twitters.

 

Since the death of the singer her famous songs creep up again in the charts. In the iTunes top list Respect is number 1, followed by her hit (You make me feel like) A natural woman .
 

 

 
 Singer Britney Spears also shared something on Twitter: “The world has lost a terribly talented woman today.”

 

 

 
Justin Timberlake once sang with Franklin. He shares a photo of that performance on Thursday. “This is the face of a young man who could not believe he was really singing with the best of all time.”