Musical legends and Hollywood stars have paid tribute to Aretha Franklin following her death aged 76.
The Queen of Soul passed away at her home in Detroit, Michigan, her publicist confirmed.
Celebrities were quick to pay their respects to the singer, with many calling her an inspiration.
Sir Elton John called her death a ‘blow for everybody who loves real music’ in an emotional post.
Singers John Legend, Barbra Streisand and Bette Midler all posted their tributes on social media.
Salute to the Queen. The greatest vocalist I've ever known. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 #Aretha
— John Legend (@johnlegend) August 16, 2018
The greatest voice in American popular music has been stilled. Our beloved #ArethaFranklin has gone. For me, she was a musical lighthouse, guiding and inspiring with every note. I loved her so and love her still. Goodbye, Queen of Soul.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) August 16, 2018
Annie Lennox and Sir Paul McCartney leant their voices to the tributes to the ‘peerless’ singer.
As the One and Only ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin was simply peerless. She has reigned supreme. and will always be held in the highest firmament of stars as the most exceptional vocalist, performer and recording artist the world has ever been privilege… https://t.co/7DH7TIP3Nl pic.twitter.com/HfQh7kLM4o
— Annie Lennox (@AnnieLennox) August 16, 2018
Let’s all take a moment to give thanks for the beautiful life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years. She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever. Love Paul pic.twitter.com/jW4Gpwfdts
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) August 16, 2018
Artists Liam Gallagher, Ronnie Wood and Paloma Faith also shared their condolences.
RIP Aretha Franklin what a voice x
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) August 16, 2018
God Bless Aretha 🙏
— Ronnie Wood (@ronniewood) August 16, 2018
Dearest Aretha, thank you for giving us all your gift, thank you for being the queen of soul and forever in our memories. What a legacy! Rather than commiserate your death I will be celebrating your life for the next few weeks. Love you forever xxx pic.twitter.com/FxuMHsLmgF
— Paloma Faith (@Palomafaith) August 16, 2018
Former American president Bill Clinton said: “Hillary and I mourn the loss of our friend Aretha Franklin, one of America’s greatest national treasures.
“For more than 50 years, she stirred our souls. She was elegant, graceful, and utterly uncompromising in her artistry.
“Aretha’s first music school was the church and her performances were powered by what she learned there. I’ll always be grateful for her kindness and support, including her performances at both my inaugural celebrations, and for the chance to be there for what sadly turned out to be her final performance last November at a benefit supporting the fight against HIV/Aids.
“She will forever be the Queen of Soul and so much more to all who knew her personally and through her music. Our hearts go out to her family and her countless fans”.
Hillary Clinton also tweeted a tribute.
Mourning the loss today of @ArethaFranklin who shared her spirit and talent with the world. She deserves not only our RESPECT but also our lasting gratitude for opening our eyes, ears and hearts. Rest in eternal peace, my friend.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 16, 2018
A statement from Franklin’s family, via the singer’s long-time publicist Gwendolyn Quinn, said: “It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Aretha Louise Franklin, the Queen of Soul”.
“Franklin, 76 years old, passed away on Thursday morning, August 16 at 9.50am at her home in Detroit, MI (Michigan), surrounded by family and loved ones.
“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, MI.
“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.
“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.”