Aretha Franklin fans crown Queen Of Soul's Walk Of Fame star

Lawrence Kim
August 17, 2018

Franklin cancelled planned concerts earlier this year after she was ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest up. She was first recorded at his New Bethel Baptist Church on the album "Spirituals" at age 14. "However, Aretha's always been given a pass".

Through six decades of legendary music, Franklin inspired time and again, even earning the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005 "for helping to shape our Nation's artistic and cultural heritage".

"Queen of Soul" passes away after battle with pancreatic cancer; Fox News looks back at the life and legacy of the music legend.

Franklin's profile grew somewhat with TV appearances and shows alongside greats like Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Count Basie and Duke Ellington - but her career still didn't take off until she left Columbia and switched to Atlantic Records in 1966.

The Queen of Soul was in hospice care at her home, a source close to the 76-year-old singer told CNN's Don Lemon.

The statement said "Franklin's official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin's oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute" in Detroit.

But Franklin also inspired a range of gospel artists, from Richard Smallwood and The Hawkins Family to artists who came after them, such as Karen Clark Sheard, Donald Lawrence and Anita Wilson.

Director Ava DuVernay called her "peerless".

It was a fitting moment, as well, as Franklin worked tirelessly over the years, fighting for civil rights, her cover of the hit "Respect" becoming an anthem for the movement in the 1960's and for women's rights.

The statement continued: "Thank you for your compassion and prayers". All further announcements will be made by her family. Grateful we have decades of recordings that will live on.

A professional singer by her late teens and a superstar by her mid-20s, Franklin had long ago settled any arguments over who was the greatest popular vocalist of her time.

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