Cape Town – The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin died on Thursday from advanced pancreatic cancer according to The Associated Press.
The 76-year-old performed for sold-out crowds all over the world, sang for presidents and wowed churches packed to rafters for decades.
Her unique voice and incredible talent left a timeless mark on the entertainment world and following her death in Detroit, she has been remembered by former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, television mogul Shonda Rhimes, local celebrity Boity Thulo and many more.
HERE ARE SOME REACTIONS TO THE DEATH OF ARETHA FRANKLIN:
Salute to the Queen. The greatest vocalist I've ever known. ???????????????????? #Aretha— John Legend (@johnlegend) August 16, 2018
This photo was taken in 2012 when Aretha & I performed at a tribute celebration for our friend Marvin Hamlisch. It’s difficult to conceive of a world without her. Not only was she a uniquely brilliant singer,but her commitment to civil rights made an indelible impact on the world pic.twitter.com/Px9zVB90MM— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) August 16, 2018
Remember when she stepped in last minute for Pavarotti at the Grammys and just shook us all to our core and made us question the universe by singing Nessun Dorma? #RipArethaFranklin https://t.co/Fg5tbxpl9R— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) August 16, 2018
Rest is perfect, eternal Peace, Queen. You blessed the world tremendously with your Gift! Thank you for the songs that healed us, made us cry, the songs that fiercely reminded us of our power. Through your soulful gems, may you live forever! #RipArethaFranklin pic.twitter.com/tiiLaLMMhJ— Boity Thulo (@Boity) August 16, 2018
Please join me in lighting a candle and saying a prayer for my Beloved Sister @ArethaFranklin and her family and loved ones. Her music changed the world and her love for others will never be forgotten. #RipArethaFranklin pic.twitter.com/jsJhh25RnK— Iyanla Vanzant (@IyanlaVanzant) August 16, 2018
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
Hearing the news of her passing has left me in tears but I’m grateful to God that I got to share this smile with her. Thank you Aretha Franklin for leaving such an incredible legacy for generations among generations to stand on. May you Rest In Peace. ???? pic.twitter.com/S9c9po1z3j— Danielle Brooks (@thedanieb) August 16, 2018