Queen of Soul died this morning at age 76 from advanced pancreatic cancer.

 

Sunday, Wnctimes reported Aretha Franklin was gravely ill.  This morning, publicist Gwendolyn Quinn told the Associated Press through a family statement, Aretha died at home at 9:50 a.m. in Detroit.

The statement continued..

"“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”

 

Aretha Franklin's Top 10 Hits 

Listen to the top 100 on billboard.com

 

1, "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)," Aretha Franklin & George Michael, peak position No. 1 (two weeks), peak date April 18, 1987

 

2, "Respect," No. 1 (two weeks), June 3, 1967

 

3, "Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)," No. 3, Feb. 23, 1974

 

4, "Freeway of Love," No. 3, Aug. 31, 1985

 

5, "Chain of Fools," No. 2, Jan. 20, 1968

 

6, "(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone," No. 5, March 30, 1968

 

7, "Spanish Harlem," No. 2, Sept. 11, 1971

 

8, "Bridge Over Troubled Water"/"Brand New Me," No. 6, June 5, 1971

 

9, "Baby I Love You," No. 4, Sept. 9, 1967

 

10, "Who's Zoomin' Who," No. 7, Nov. 30, 1985

 


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