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  • Writer's pictureOlivia Gunn

Aretha Franklin 'Queen of Soul' dies at 76


One of the most iconic voices and influences in music has passed away at age 76.

Aretha Franklin died Thursday after days under hospice care.

Not only was Franklin a dynamic singer, she was a gifted pianist who recorded some of her earliest music as a teenager.

She was born in Memphis in 1942 and relocated to Detroit at early age where her father was a Baptist preacher.

Franklin has roots in gospel and was known as a phenomenal soul singer. Her musical success and dominance on the charts earned her the title, “Queen of Soul.”

Communities and fans from across the world are sharing their condolences.

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