Aretha Franklin Dies Aged 76 | News

Aretha Franklin news Singer is under the care of hospice workers at her Detroit home

Aretha Franklin news Singer is under the care of hospice workers at her Detroit home

As Twitter users were quick to recognize, the network's tribute to Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday morning at 76, featured an image of Patti LaBelle instead.

Showbiz 411's Roger Friedman told CNN: "She has a great family, she's surrounded by love, and the world is sending prayers". Her father was shot during a robbery and later died.

In a statement from her family, the official cause of death "was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type".

When the death of Aretha Franklin was announced on Thursday morning, one U.S. president paid tribute to a voice that offered "a glimpse of the divine", in which Americans could feel "our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect". "We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin's family and friends", Jessica Santostefano, Vice President, Media Desk at Fox News explained. "The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds", Franklin's family said. "While most of us know her for her classic songs like "Respect" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", there was more to the vocal powerhouse than met the eyes.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced but sources say it will be held at a number of venues and will span several days.

Aretha Franklin lend her powerful voice not only to music - she also used it to speak out on behalf of the civil rights movement.

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"Her voice was unique, her piano playing underrated - she was one of my favourite pianists", he said. That same year, Detroit named a street after her.

Aretha's health problems began in 2010. During the 60 years she was active, Franklin was a paramount influence on her genre and one of the leading performers who brought gospel music into the mainstream. The story of how Franklin took a song originally written and released by Otis Redding and made it her own can be career inspiration for us all.

The legendary singer was born in Memphis, Tennessee, but grew up in Detroit, Michigan. But Aretha did and she raised the roof. But at age eighteen - Aretha had a new vision. According to the Miami Herald, the singer recorded hits such as "Don't Play That Song (You Lied)" and "Spirit in the Dark" at Criterion Studios, a North Miami recording studio now operating as the Hit Factory.

Leading civil rights leader, Jesse Jackson, who visited Franklin earlier this week, tweeted: "A lot of music left the earth today". Franklin won 18 Grammy awards.

In 1987, she became the first female artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

But that's not all: Franklin has also been honored by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, received a National Medal of Arts and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005 from President George W. Bush. She would return to the nation's capitol in 2009 with a show-stopping rendition of "My Country Tis of Thee" for the inauguration of president Obama.

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