On August 16th, the Queen of Soul and one of the most iconic female vocalist in history died. Aretha Franklin has passed away from pancreatic cancer. She was 76.
News of Aretha’s dealing health surfaced on August 13th, just two days before her death. In a simple tweet, her friend and newscaster, Evrod Cassidy, shared that Aretha was gravely ill an that her death was imminent.
Aretha was believed to be battling cancer and after years of shying away from a diagnosis or health concerns at all- it was confirmed that she had had Pancreatic cancer. In her final days, TMZ reported that Aretha was only 85 pounds.
Since the original announcement made by Evrod, Aretha was comforted by millions of prayers and the company of her family as well as some extraordinary riends. Since her passing, her loyal fan club has shown immense support to the Queen of Soul’s legacy.
But one fan and fellow celebrity’s tribute was not so well-received by onlookers. Bill Cosby received massive amounts of backlash after tweeted a simple tribute to Aretha. The formerly beloved star wrote: Aretha Franklin – I want to thank her for her beautiful voice singing the theme song of “A Different World.” She made a big, strong positive impact on that series.”
He continued to honor the Queen of Should by saying: “I am playing a cut from her CD – the title of the song is “Wholy Holy” – and she’s live in a church. Bon Voyage….. Bill Cosby In Person.”
Social media followers attacked Bill for his statements and claimed that she should be in jail. The comedian was officially found guilty of several accounts of sexual assault in April 2018.
While several took to Twitter to call him out for “tweeting from jail,” Cosby kept the tweets visible. He is expected to be sentenced on September 24th, 2018.