Her death followed earlier reports that she was gravely ill and battling pancreatic cancer. The legendary "I Say a Little Prayer" singer was 76.
Franklin was born in 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee, but soon moved to Detroit, which she would consider home until her death. She began touring and performing at the age of 14, and landed her first record deal in 1956. Throughout her long career, Franklin paved the way for countless icons to follow, and became a symbol of black liberation.
A biopic on the soulful singer best known for "Respect," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "Spanish Harlem,” and so many other classic songs is currently expected to begin filming in 2019 and stars Jennifer Hudson.
Following the news of Aretha Franklin's death, posts from celebrities and fans dedicated to her began pouring out online. “It’s difficult to conceive of a world without her," wrote Barbra Streisand. "Not only was she a uniquely brilliant singer, but her commitment to civil rights made an indelible impact on the world."
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