Remembering Aretha Franklin: Celebrities, fans mourn the 'Queen of Soul'

August 16, 2018 - 11:51 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) -- Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul'' who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think,'' "I Say a Little Prayer'' and her signature song, "Respect,'' and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from pancreatic cancer.

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Franklin died Thursday at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit. "Franklin's official cause of death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin's oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute'' in Detroit, Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn said through a family statement. 

"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," the statent read. "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.''

Samantha Liebman
The marquee at the iconic Apollo Theater in Harlem remembered Franklin. One fan told 1010 WINS' Samantha Liebman. "Aretha was magic."

Other fans and celebrities, including Sir Paul McCartney, shared memories and expressed condolences via social media.

Another music legend is being remembered on social media as well: Elvis Presley died on this day 41 years ago.