Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, passed away on Aug. 16. She was 76 years old. The cause was advanced pancreatic cancer. Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn tells The Associated Press through a family statement that Franklin passed Thursday at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit. The statement said “Franklin’s official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin’s oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute” 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.” Franklin, the long-reigning Queen of Soul who sang with matchless style on such classics as Think and her signature song, Respect, was originally diagnosed with cancer in 2010.
(Source and Image: Global News; Image with Aretha Franklin onstage at the Elton John AIDS Foundation New York Fall Gala at Cathedral of St. John the Divine on November 7th, 2017 in New York City)