Aretha Franklin's publicist released a statement via NBC News on Thursday 16 August from Franklin's family that confirmed the passing of the soul singer, "Franklin, 76 years old, passed away on Thursday morning, August 16 at 9:50am at her home in Detroit, MI, surrounded by family and loved ones. Franklin's official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type."

At the time of writing this, nearly a million fans and musicians around the world have taken to Twitter to pay their tributes to the inspiring and iconic singer responsible for classics "Respect", "I Say a Little Prayer", and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman". Read some of the tributes below.

Paul McCartney:

Britney Spears:

Nadine Shah:

Kelly Clarkson:

Lionel Richie:

Carole King:

Nile Rodgers:

Classic Motown:

Quincy Jones:

Ellen DeGeneres:

Lauryn Hill:

Barack Obama:

Lisa Marie Presley:

Ciara:

Missy Elliott:

Fans at Aretha Franklin's Hollywood Star:

Anastacia: