For years on end, the world has had the beautiful privilege of watching and hearing the fantastic work of the musical legend, Aretha Franklin. Not only did she captivate millions around the globe with her unique and breathtaking voice, but she also paved the way for many musicians today.
At the age of 76, the ‘Queen of Soul’ took her final breath here on earth after a battle with pancreatic cancer. CNN reports: “The 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.”
The diagnosis was utterly tragic for the family and all of Franklin’s fans, and when the news broke three days ago stating she had been moved to hospice care, we knew the end was inevitable.
Her family issued a 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. 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.”
Many celebrities have taken to social media to state their appreciation, love, and adoration for Franklin. One, in particular, left the world utterly speechless with his moving sentiments.
Elton John released a statement shortly after hearing of her passing. “Her voice was unique, her piano playing underrated - she was one of my favorite pianists...The whole world will miss her but will always rejoice in her remarkable legacy. The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen.”
Since stating this, his words have spread like wildfire. No truer thing could be said about someone who has achieved as much as Franklin.
Her family finished by stating their humbled gratitude. “We have been deeply touched by the outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters, and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha, and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”
Though she is no longer present with us here on earth, her legacy will last a lifetime. She will never be forgotten and will always be considered a true Queen in our eyes.