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Aretha Franklin passes away

By Rediff Movies
August 16, 2018 20:29 IST

'The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen.'

IMAGE: Aretha Franklin performs in 2003. Photograph: Frank Micelotta/Getty Images

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin passed into the ages on August 16 in Detroit. She was 76.

The iconic singer was diagnosed with cancer in 2010.

She announced her retirement from music last year.

Known for hits like Respect and I knew you were waiting, she belted out many popular songs in a career spanning seven decades.

She gave her final performance last November in aid of the Elton John Aids Foundation in New York.


Elton John paid her rich tribute on Instagram: 'The loss of Aretha Franklin is a blow for everybody who loves real music: Music from the heart, the soul and the Church.

'Her voice was unique, her piano playing underrated -- she was one of my favourite pianists.

'I was fortunate enough to spend time with her and witness her last performance -- a benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation at St John The Divine Cathedral.

'She was obviously unwell, and I wasn’t sure she could perform.

'But Aretha did and she raised the roof. She sang and played magnificently, and we all wept.

'We were witnessing the greatest soul artist of all time.

'I adored her and worshipped her talent. God bless her.

'My condolences to all her family and friends.

'We shared the same birthday -- and that meant so much to me.

'The whole world will miss her but will always rejoice in her remarkable legacy.

'The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen.'

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