It's a sad day as we mourn the loss of the queen of soul. The family of Aretha Franklin announced that she died Thursday morning at her home in Detroit, surrounded by family and friends. The music icon was 76 years old.
In addition to loving friends and family, Franklin left behind a world of devoted followers, as well as a legacy that will endure generations. With songs like "Respect," "Natural Woman," and "I Say a Little Prayer," she's left a lasting mark on the music industry that will influence artists and fans for years to come.
Today, social media has became an outpouring of love and remembrance for the late queen of soul. From Barack Obama to Bette Midler to Whoopi Goldberg, people from all over the industry are expressing their condolences and celebrating Franklin's life.
\u201cThe world lost an incredibly talented woman today. Rest In Peace, @ArethaFranklin... your legacy and music will forever inspire us and future generations \ud83d\udc9b\u201d
\u201cAretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade\u2014our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace.\u201d
\u201cAretha Franklin is the reason why I sing from that part deep inside of me that few could ever reach. She was my favorite and will always be. What a gift she has left all of us with her musical footprints. There will never be another like her. She was truly special. #QueenOfSoul\u201d
\u201cThe greatest voice in American popular music has been stilled. Our beloved #ArethaFranklin has gone. For me, she was a musical lighthouse, guiding and inspiring with every note. I loved her so and love her still. Goodbye, Queen of Soul.\u201d
\u201cOne of the greatest voices of all time has been silenced. My dear friend Aretha Franklin has passed. Even though her music will live on forever, the sound, the voice, and the inspiration of the Queen of Soul can never be matched. Farewell, Aretha.\u201d
\u201cFrom the moment I saw her tell the Blues Brothers to \u201cThink\u201d Aretha Franklin was my Queen of Soul. I once dressed in drag as a PMRC activist in a high school sketch to belt out \u201cRespect.\u201d She had the voice of God. Sad to see the icon has gone but relieved she left us her music.\u201d
\u201cLet\u2019s all take a moment to give thanks for the beautiful life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years. She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever. Love Paul\u201d