Fans and musicians inspired by soul singer Aretha Franklin are paying tribute to the icon who has died today aged 76.
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.
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 pic.twitter.com/jW4Gpwfdts— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) August 16, 2018
Britney Spears (@britneyspears) August 16, 2018
Eternal thanks to you Aretha Franklin. You taught me to sing and I will be forever grateful to you. RIP you amazing woman pic.twitter.com/nUStGuUKA0— Nadine Shah (@nadineshah) August 16, 2018
Aretha Franklin is the reason why I sing from that part deep inside of me that few could ever reach. She was my favorite and will always be. What a gift she has left all of us with her musical footprints. There will never be another like her. She was truly special. #QueenOfSoul— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) August 16, 2018
Lionel Richie (@LionelRichie) August 16, 2018
Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) August 16, 2018
"giving a rousing performance at the White House, she has always been amazing. No matter how the music has changed over the years, she remained so relevant.— Classic Motown (@ClassicMotown) August 16, 2018
Though never signed to Motown, Aretha was considered part of my family. We always shared fond memories of the Motor City...
"My condolences go out to her sons, other family members, friends and fans. I will miss her.— Classic Motown (@ClassicMotown) August 16, 2018
Founder of Motown
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From the time that Dinah Washington 1st told me that Aretha was the “next one” when she was 12-years old, until the present day, Aretha Franklin set the bar & she did it with the professionalism, class, grace, & humility that only a true Queen could... : Hassan pic.twitter.com/IjT6I7NH1D— Quincy Jones (@QuincyDJones) August 16, 2018
Rest In Peace to our Queen of Soul. Her contribution to music and to the empowerment and enrichment of our hearts, Spirits and souls is immeasurable.— Ms. Lauryn Hill (@MsLaurynHill) August 16, 2018
Thank you Ms. Aretha Franklin for sharing your anointed gifts with us. They changed the world. We are deeply grateful!
Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace. pic.twitter.com/bfASqKlLc5— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 16, 2018
Lisa Marie Presley:
Today has always been a hard day for me, and now the “Queen Of Soul” Aretha Franklin has left us, this loss saddens my heart not only was she a fellow Memphian, but she was also my inspiration to sing pic.twitter.com/amLqmcGvri— Lisa Marie Presley (@LisaPresley) August 16, 2018
Rest easy #ARETHAFRANKLIN I imagine u in heaven performing & still making people souls move this was my aunt favorite record #RockSteady you will always be the Queen of Soul you been that before many of us were born! Thank you for giving us LEGENDARY TIMELESS music pic.twitter.com/bEueBCLGJ9— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) August 16, 2018
Fans at Aretha Franklin's Hollywood Star:
May you rest in #peace, Queen of Soul— Anastacia (@AnastaciaMusic) August 16, 2018
The legend #ArethaFranklin gave us vocals on a genius level. She was able to take any type of #song and create a picture with her voice. I am grieving with #gratitude. thank you for sharing your amazing gift.#RIP #QueenOfSoul pic.twitter.com/oOsUBdLRq4