Aretha Franklin's Cause of Death Revealed | Aretha Franklin, RIP

Emmett Rice
August 18, 2018

"My sympathy, love and prayers go out to her family, loved ones and fans around the globe", she posted along with "Rest in peace Aretha". But while Sam Cooke and Ray Charles made the jump before her, "When Aretha's vocals got unleashed, they believed that God was everywhere". His tweet following the news of her passing was also criticized by Franklin fans for its insensitivity. In an excellent tribute in the Providence Journal, Andy Smith describes a phone interview he did with Franklin in 1997. She sang at the inaugurations of three US presidents. A great tree has fallen, yet her roots run deep and will continue to inspire generations. She also performed at pre-inauguration concerts for Democratic party presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. "I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from, and where it is now", she told Detroit Local 4 reporter Evrod Cassimy. "She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human". The mom of four became pregnant with her first child when she was just 12 years old.

"She was a highly political singer", Ritz said.

Ralphe Armstrong was her bassist for 30 years and gives me a glimpse of the woman behind the genius. "Women just seemed to take to it like that, and it became a mantra", she said.

Tributes continue to pour in from music legend, powerful global leaders and adoring fans for record Grammy victor Aretha Franklin, who died on Thursday aged 76.

Paul McCartney called Franklin an inspiration and "the Queen of our souls", while Diana Ross hailed her "wonderful golden spirit".

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U.S. singer Janelle Monae shared a photo of her and Franklin on social media, describing her as a "genius that walked this Earth".

"She did incredible music, incredible singer. To this day I still listen to that record and I still get goosebumps".

Franklin's declining health was first disclosed on the Showbiz 411 website late Sunday by Roger Friedman, a reporter and family friend.

The singer, whose hit songs include "Chain of Fools" and 'Think, ' had a long-standing professional relationship with Wonder, with whom she performed 13 years ago at the Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards in Pasadena, California. That same year, Detroit named a street after her.

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