Sadness and tears flooded early Thursday, Aug 16, as the news about Aretha Franklin’s death broke out. Her family in Detroit, Michigan, where her remains are located, has confirmed this. She was 76.
According to her longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn, Franklin breathed her last at 9:50 AM where she was surrounded by family and friends. Also, her family revealed what caused the star’s death.
Franklin’s oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, confirmed that the official cause of death was advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type.
After the news reported her death, millions of fans and other artists expressed their condolences to the bereaved family as well as their reminiscence with the star. Sam Moore, Franklin’s friend for more than sixty years, shared his sorrow in his statement.
“I adored her and I know the feelings were mutual. While I’m heartbroken that she’s gone I know she’s in the Lord’s arms and she’s not in pain or suffering anymore from the damn cancer that took her away from us,” he said in a statement. “I’m going to hope, pray and count on the fact that I will see her again sometime. Rest in the Lord’s arms in love, Re.”
Also, fans crowded the queen of soul’s Hollywood Walk of Star in Los Angeles and left it with flowers and crowns. Social Media like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram were also flooded with heartfelt wishes to Franklin as well as her family. Prior to her death, she was in hospice care for days which was kept private by her family and close friends.
In an official statement, her family shared the pain they’ve felt over the past few days:
“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.”
In addition, they thanked all Aretha’s fans, supporters, and fellow artists who have expressed their love for the singer:
“We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”
Aretha Franklin, also popularly known as the “Queen of Soul,” had her humble beginnings from singing gospel and blues turning her to what she’s known for. A legend and an icon, Franklin won a total of 18 Grammy awards and 44 nominations. She has been a role model and inspiration to a lot of female singers during her time until now.
The Country Daily is grieving with the passing of a great star, talent, and inspiration. We will surely miss you and your voice. Now, it’s your time to rest in the Father’s loving arms. REST IN PEACE, Aretha!
As we mourn, let’s listen to 5 of Aretha Franklin’s hits:
“I Say a Little Prayer” (1968)
“Natural Woman” (1968)
“Chain of Fools” (1968)
“I Knew You Were Waiting” (1986)
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