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Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin Has Passed Away From Pancreatic Cancer

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Aug. 16 2018, Published 4:17 p.m. ET

The Queen of Soul and one of the greatest musicians to touch this earth passed away on Thursday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.  According to her publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, the singer was surrounded by her friends and family in her Detroit home.  Sources reported to ET online that the singer was having lucid moments and was at peace with her journey.

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NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 22: Singer Aretha Franklin attends her birthday celebration at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on March 22, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)

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The news comes after CNN reported the singer going into hospice care on Wednesday.  The legends health reportedly began to decline in 2017 when she cancelled her tours.  The singer was 76 at the time of her passing.

The icon rose to fame in the late 1960s releasing hits like “Think,” “A Natural Woman”, “Chain of Fools” and “Do Right Woman-Do Right Man”.  Aretha later dropped the Otis Redding song “Respect demanding equality for women which took her career to new heights.

Fans, supporters and celebrities have taken to social media pouring out their love and respect for the late icon.

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