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By: Nicole L. Thompson
Published: August 20, 2018 3:17 am

Farewell to the Queen of Soul

On August 16, 2018, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin took her final breath. She died from pancreatic cancer in her home in Detroit. People all around the world mourn the passing of this legend. On Sunday, August 19th, locals gathered at the Bethel Baptist Church and honored her. Jesse Jackson and various others spoke of her greatness at this memorial. Jackson states, “On Thursday morning, Earth lost her music. Heaven gained her music.”  (ABC NEWS)

She made countless hit songs including “Freeway To Love”, “I Knew You Were Waiting For Me”, and “Respect”. Soon her talent became undeniable.

In 1987 Aretha Franklin was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. This honor was groundbreaking. Her music paved the way for many artists we know and love today.

At the age of 76, Aretha lived a full life. Her singing career led to her touring all around the world and even acting in films. She made her debut acting role in the film “Blue Brothers” directed by John Landis.

Many were familiar with Aretha at this time but this film helped take her music to a larger audience.

Aretha Franklin’s funeral will be held on August 31st, but many people around the world are paying homage to her now. Aretha’s career is showcased in ABC’s tribute video below. 



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