'Queen of Soul' received many tributes from celebrities both before and after she passed

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. 

Since news of Franklin's deteriorating health made headlines, celebrities have been paying tribute to the legendary singer, and Steve Wonder visited her earlier this week.

MESSAGES OF SUPPORT

Diana Ross said on Twitter yesterday that Franklin is a "bright flame about to go," while actress Patti LaBelle said her "heart and prayers" are with Franklin and her loved ones. 

Chaka Kahn, whose career spans five decades, added that she fell "asleep [...] with a heavy heart" after learning of Franklin's condition. 

"If It Makes You Happy" singer, Sheryl Crow said Franklin had the "most soulful angelic voice that ever was," while Mariah Carey sent prayers as well. 

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."

TRIBUTES

Since her passing, social media platforms have been abuzz with condolences and messages of support for her family.

Oprah Winfrey tweeted, "May her music continue to inspire," while Lea Salonga added:

"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." 

Follow the "Queen of Soul" and "RIP Aretha" hashtags for more. 

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!

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