Aretha Franklin has died, aged 76

Publish Date
Friday, 17 August 2018, 6:39AM
Photo - NZ Herald

Photo - NZ Herald

Aretha Franklin - the Queen of Soul - has passed away after becoming gravely ill with advanced pancreatic cancer.

A statement released by Franklin's longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn says she died on Thursday morning, US time, surrounded by friends and family at her home in Detroit.

"In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds," the family says in the statement.

Funeral arrangements will be made in the coming days.

Social media has been flooded by an outpouring of love for Franklin.





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