The legend of soul Aretha Franklin, winner of several Grammys, died at age 76 after a long battle against pancreatic cancer. The sad news was confirmed by her representative, Gwendolyn Quinn.
Quinn said Franklin died Thursday at 9:50 am at her residence in Detroit.
“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we can not express the pain in our hearts, we have lost the matriarch and rock of our family,” the family said in a statement.
This week a friend of the singer, Roger Friedman, had announced that she was seriously ill in a hospital in Detroit.
Despite her delicate state of health, Franklin performed in November 2017 for the Elton John Foundation in New York. It was the last time she got on stage.
Throughout her long career in the music industry, Franklin won 18 Grammys , including one for his successful career. Among his greatest hits are “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” (1968), “Day Dreaming” (1972), “Jump to It” (1982), “Freeway of Love” (1985), and ” A Rose Is Still A Rose ” (1998).