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.