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. The family added: "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. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds. 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. Franklin, who had battled undisclosed health issues in recent years, had in announced her retirement from touring. A professional singer and accomplished pianist by her late teens, a superstar by her mids, Franklin had long ago settled any arguments over who was the greatest popular vocalist of her time. Her gifts, natural and acquired, were a multi-octave mezzo-soprano, gospel passion and training worthy of a preacher's daughter, taste sophisticated and eccentric, and the courage to channel private pain into liberating song.
She recorded hundreds of tracks and had dozens of hits over the span of a half century, including 20 that reached No. But her reputation was defined by an extraordinary run of top 10 smashes in the late s, from the morning-after bliss of " You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman," to the wised-up "Chain of Fools" to her unstoppable call for "Respect.
Her records sold millions of copies and the music industry couldn't honor her enough. Franklin won 18 Grammy awards. In , she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Fellow singers bowed to her eminence and political and civic leaders treated her as a peer. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
She performed at the inaugurations of Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, and at the funeral for civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks. Clinton gave Franklin the National Medal of Arts. President George W. Bush awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in Franklin's best-known appearance with a president was in January , when she sang "My Country 'tis of Thee" at Barack Obama's inauguration.
She wore a gray felt hat with a huge, Swarovski rhinestone-bordered bow that became an Internet sensation and even had its own website. In , she brought Obama and others to tears with a triumphant performance of "Natural Woman" at a Kennedy Center tribute to the song's co-writer, Carole King. Franklin endured the exhausting grind of celebrity and personal troubles dating back to childhood.
She was married from to to her manager, Ted White, and their battles are widely believed to have inspired her performances on several songs, including " Sweet Sweet Baby Since You've Been Gone," "Think" and her heartbreaking ballad of despair, "Ain't No Way.
Franklin married actor Glynn Turman in in Los Angeles but returned to her hometown of Detroit the following year after her father was shot by burglars and left semi-comatose until his death in She and Turman divorced that year. Despite growing up in Detroit, and having Smokey Robinson as a childhood friend, Franklin never recorded for Motown Records; stints with Columbia and Arista were sandwiched around her prime years with Atlantic Records.
But it was at Detroit's New Bethel Baptist Church, where her father was pastor, that Franklin learned the gospel fundamentals that would make her a soul institution. Franklin soon moved his family to Buffalo, New York, then to Detroit, where the Franklins settled after the marriage of Aretha's parents collapsed and her mother and reputed sound-alike Barbara returned to Buffalo. Search within Store. Items On Sale. Best Of. Jewel cases may vary in condition but cracked or broken jewel cases will be replaced with new cases.
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