'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.
There is a bright FLAME about to go out , ONLY GOD KNOW WHEN Say a prayer and let her go -deep Breath— Ms. Ross (@DianaRoss) August 15, 2018
My thoughts, my heart and my prayers are with Aretha Franklin, the greatest singer of all time, and all of her loved ones right now. ❤— Patti LaBelle (@MsPattiPatti) August 14, 2018
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."
Like people all around the world, Hillary and I are thinking about Aretha Franklin tonight & listening to her music that has been such an important part of our lives the last 50 years. We hope you’ll lift her up by listening and sharing her songs that have meant the most to you.— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) August 14, 2018
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."
I’m glad Aretha Franklin got to go home and laugh and love with some of her close ones before passing!!— Jonica Booth (@Blu1x) August 16, 2018
Rest In Peace Queen
Thank you for sharing your life and talents with the world
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!