The family of Aretha Franklin have released a statement following his death.
Franklin, 76, known by all as the ‘Queen of Soul’, received hospice care at her home in Detroit surrounded by her closest friends and family as she eventually ended her long battle against severe health problems.
She eventually passed away surrounded by her loved ones.
“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. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family,” a family statement read. “The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.
“We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans around the world.
“Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us great comfort to know her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”
Franklin, who began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit where her father was the minister, went on to record a total of 112 charted singles which included 77 Hot 100 entries, 17 top ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries and twenty number-one R&B singles, becoming the most charted female artist in the chart’s history.
Franklin won a total of 18 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide. On top of that, the Queen Of Soul became the first female performer to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame which came in 1987.
The news of Franklin’s death has been somewhat expected following the recent announcement made by Roger Freidmann: “Aretha is surrounded by family and people close to her,” he said in his column. “She will be so missed as a mother, sister, friend, cousin.”But her legacy is larger than life. It’s not just that Rolling Stone called her the number 1 singer of all time, or that she is the Queen of Soul. Long live the Queen.”
Far Out Magazine took time to revisit Franklin’s iconic performance at the 1998 Grammys, a showstopping rendition of Luciano Pavarotti’s ‘Nessun Dorma’ having been given just 20 minutes notice to step in.