Legendary R&B singer Aretha Franklin has died at the age of 76, the Associated Press reports.
Franklin died at 9:50 a.m. on Thursday August 16, 2018 at her home in Detroit, surrounded by family and friends, according to a statement on behalf of Franklin’s family from her longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn.
Her death comes three days after it was reported that the singer was in hospice care.
The queen of soul and singer of hit songs such as “Respect” “Chain of Fools” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”,
Franklin was discovered at the age of 14 and went on to a career filled with hit songs and accolades and honors – she was the first woman admitted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She had more than two dozen Top 40 hits at the peak of her career from 1967 to 1975.
Her powerful voice – filled with so much emotion and life – earned her the title “Queen of Soul”.
Below is a recording of her hit “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman Natural Woman”.