Aretha Franklin: A life in pictures

Sheila Mcguire
August 17, 2018

The day after Aretha Franklin died in her home in Detroit, newspapers across the United States and overseas paid tribute to the Queen of Soul, whose music helped shape American culture.

"Alicia Keys also honored the singer with a rendition of the same song Grande performed on "The Tonight Show", Franklin's hit "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman".

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The music icon died on Thursday at the age of 76.

Aretha Franklin must have understood early on what fame was like, as the daughter of the immensely popular Detroit preacher C.L. Franklin, whose sermons had made him a recording star.

"I'm sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin", said Motown legend Diana Ross, while former Beatle Paul McCartney‏ called her "the Queen of our souls".

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"She was indeed the Queen of Soul. It was my aunt, but it was still Aretha Franklin", says Charles. "She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human". When you just know you're in the presence of greatness.

Although meant to be a touching tribute to the late singer, many Twitter users were angered by the president's comments. She's one of the greatest of all time, one of the greatest voices.

Franklin passed away at 9:50 am surrounded by her family and loved ones, her family said in a statement issued by her publicist.

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American President, Donald Trump and two of his predecessors, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton have reacted to the death of late singer, Aretha Franklin, who died on Thursday. That same year, Detroit named a street after her.

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