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The queen is dead: Remembering the great Aretha Franklin




American soul singer Aretha Franklin, a star on the Atlantic record label.   (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)
American soul singer Aretha Franklin, a star on the Atlantic record label. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)
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Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from pancreatic cancer.

Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn tells The Associated Press through a family statement that Franklin died Thursday at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit.

The family added: "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. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds."

The statement continued:

"We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time."

Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days.

Listen to Larry's 2009 interview with Aretha here.

With files from the Associated Press

Guests:

David Ritz, writer and author of “Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin” (2015, Back Bay Books); he tweets @davidritz

Rev. Robert Smith Jr., pastor and CEO of New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, MI.; friend of Aretha

Gail Mitchell, senior editor at Billboard, covering R&B, Hip-Hop and other genres