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Aretha Franklin: The sound of the civil rights movement

Aretha Franklin: The sound of the civil rights movement

She passed away in her home in Detroit due to pancreatic cancer.

Franklin's family described her as "the matriarch and rock of our family", saying that her death was "one of the darkest moments of our lives".

'We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on.

"Thank you Aretha Franklin for getting me through tough days", Twitter user, Pablo, said.

Franklin, a 17-time Grammy Award-winner, was diagnosed with cancer in 2010, and delivered her last performance at the Elton John AIDS Foundation party in NY last November.

The first woman ever to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the legendary songwriter, singer, and civil rights activist has also made important contributions to the art of shade.

Franklin's music also helped serve as a springboard for a number of young guitarists who later became legends themselves. It's worth nothing that the image is from a performance that did not include Franklin, though she was in attendance at the White House event.

Lemon recalled the times he'd spent enjoying the Queen of Soul's music, calling it "the soundtrack of my life", something which was known even by his colleagues.

Singer Diana Ross kept her tribute simple.

Elton John took to Instagram to say: "Her voice was unique, her piano playing underrated, she was one of my favourite pianists". It's a thrillingly-performed scene, and one which saw Franklin re-record a longer version of her original song with new backing vocals and extra saxophone from musician Lou Marini.

Franklin had been battling various undisclosed illnesses for years, and, in recent weeks, was receiving hospice care.

I remember her as a very strong woman. The diva posted to her Instagram: "Aretha Franklin". There will never be another woman as phenomenal as her which is why it's not surprising that celebrities are mourning the loss publicly. Her father was a Baptist preacher and civil rights activist, and her mother was a gospel singer.

In 2005, Franklin was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest award for an American civilian - by then-president George W. Bush. For more than 50 years, she stirred our souls.

The Queen of Soul has sung at the inaugurations of three American Presidents: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. I'm just here. I love her, I love her.

Her records sold millions of copies and the music industry couldn't honor her enough. I'll always be grateful for her kindness and support, including her performances at both my inaugural celebrations, and for the chance to be there for what sadly turned out to be her final performance last November at a benefit supporting the fight against HIV/AIDS.