Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul, has died

The legendary soul artist was 76.

August 16, 2018
Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul, has died Aretha Franklin in 1977.   Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Aretha Franklin has died, according to reports by The Associated Press and NBC News. She was 76. Earlier this week, family told a local Detroit news station that she was "gravely ill," but subsequently her condition seemed to improve.

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Franklin retired from music in 2017 after a career that began in 1960 at the age of 18, and spanned dozens of classic hits like "Respect," "Think," and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman." A tribute concert taking place in Madison Square Garden this November is in the works.

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