The Queen of Soul herself, legendary singer Aretha Franklin, has died at the age of 76 at her home in Detroit. The cause of death hasn’t been revealed as yet, but Franklin was suffering from pancreatic cancer and had undergone surgery related to it in 2010.
The eruptive singer stood atop the pop and R&B charts in the late 1960s and early 1970s with multiple albums and singles. Franklin won 18 Grammy Awards, became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Amongst her biggest hits were her cover of Otis Redding’s “Respect,” “Think,” “Chain of Fools,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Since You’ve Been Gone,” “Baby I Love You,” “Until You Come Back to Me,” “I Know You Were Waiting,” “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves” and “Something He Can Feel”.
In 2017 the singer said she’d planned to retire from touring in the coming months, and announced that she was working with longtime friends and collaborators Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie and Elton John on a new album. Franklin is survived by four sons.