The undisputed Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, passed away earlier today. She was surrounded by her loved ones in her Detroit home.
Franklin had been battling advanced pancreatic cancer but had kept the news a secret. The world was shocked earlier this week when her family confirmed that she was gravely ill.
Read more about Franklin's life and career on our Twitter account, @amomama_usa, and scroll down to see the tributes posted to social media.
MESSAGES OF SUPPORT
Chaka Kahn, whose career spans five decades, added that she fell "asleep [...] with a heavy heart" after learning of Franklin's condition.
Former President Bill Clinton said her music had been an essential part of his life. He added:
"We hope you’ll lift her up by listening and sharing her songs that have meant the most to you."
Since her passing, social media platforms have been abuzz with condolences and messages of support for her family.
"Rest in Peace to one of the greats, [...] for all you've done. A grateful world thanks you."
Musician Rachel Platten said Franklin inspired her to sing "with so much feeling and emotion," and added: "You unbelievable woman you."
Franklin had an exceptional career and it was no surprise when Rolling Stone magazine ranked her as one of the greatest singer of all time eight years ago.
Watch this video about the most emotional moments in her life!