Aretha “Queen Of Soul” Franklin died Thursday morning in her home in Detroit.
Franklin was suffering from late-stage pancreatic cancer, the singer’s publicist said in a recent statement. Franklin had kept relatively quiet the past year regarding her health issues. Her management repeatedly attributed a series of cancelled shows in 2018 to strict doctor’s orders.
“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,” Franklin’s family said in a recent statement to the Associated Press. “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.”
Franklin’s larger than life voice reverberated even throughout the electronic community. Authorities of EDM have prolifically sampled Franklin’s voice in recent years—unsurprisingly so, as its regal quality splendidly complements the momentous productions it was lent to. Some notable samplings include Zeds Dead‘s incorporating “I Say A Little Prayer” into “Coffee Break,” Jauz borrowing “A Deeper Love”‘s robust vocal cut for “Deeper Love,” and Mura Masa paying homage to “People Get Ready” in “Day 23: Have Faith In Me.”
Singer of “Chain Of Fools” and “Respect,” Franklin was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Memphis-born, but Detroit-raised, the 18-time Grammy Award winner was not only a globally-renowned singer, but songwriter and pianist.
Her impact on soul, jazz, r&b, gospel, and the music industry at large is incalculable.
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