A pancreatic tumour has killed the Queen of Soul today. A few days ago, the announcement of serious critical health conditions surfaced, confirming Aretha Franklin was surrounded by her family in hospital in Detroit.
Today, she has officially left this world but her voice and music will stay forever. The legendary singer was diagnosed with cancer back in 2010 but that never stopped her, still performing even up till last year. In February 2017, she declared her retirement: “I feel very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from, and where it is now.”
Immense are the tributes from all over the world, during the last days and especially now, with prayers and recognition.
Franklin was an 18-time Grammy Award winner who has definitely helped to shape American history. She performed at Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral in 1968, and she was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
Her songs have become unforgettable hits and famous worldwide, hymns of the humanity, such as “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman“, “Think“, and “I Say a Little Prayer for You“.
It is so hard to describe such a phenomenon, a singer who recorded her first album aged 14 and embarked on an international career very early.
In her music she gives a voice to women and especially to black woman. She was a pure feminist and touched the heart of the whole world. Rest In Peace.