The world has been in mourning for days since news broke that musical legend, Aretha Franklin, was declining in health. Just three short days after her move to hospice care, she passed away peacefully.
She had been privately suffering from pancreatic cancer for some time and enjoyed spending her final days surrounded by her dearest friends and family members.
While we all would much rather her be without pain than to suffer endlessly here on earth, it doesn’t make letting go any easier. Her close friends, family, and devoted fans all are mourning the loss of one of music’s greats.
Aretha, famously dubbed as the ‘Queen of Soul’, set the standard for vocal talent. Her rise to stardom started at a young age and followed her through her entire life. While many tried to emulate her signature sound, none could do what she was able to accomplish.
Amid the tearful remembrances of Franklin, many have come across a startling revelation. On this very day, August 16, forty-one years ago, the world lost Elvis Presley.
While the cause of death and circumstances are vastly differing, it is quite astonishing, and somewhat startling, to know that this very same day claimed the lives of the King of Rock and Roll and the Queen of Soul.
Both Franklin and Presley set out into uncharted musical territory where their unique voices and passion for the industry shone brighter than all others around them.
Music icon, Paul McCartney, tweeted moments following hearing the news of her passing, highlighting the true talent and character of Franklin: "Let's all take a moment to give thanks for the beautiful life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years. She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever. Love, Paul."
I don’t know about you, but this can’t be mere coincidence. We will forever remember both of music’s greats for generations to come. RIP King and Queen.