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Aretha Franklin the Queen of Soul Dead at 76

Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin died on Thursday at the age of 76 following an illness.

Franklin is known for hit songs like ‘respect’ and ‘chain of fools’

The singer won 18 Grammys and had 25 gold records.

Franklin, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2010, last performed in November 2017 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York. Her final public performance was in Philadelphia in August 2017.

Washington correspondent, Simon Marks has more.

Music legend Aretha Franklin’s performance at former President Barack Obama’s inauguration in January 2009 captured a historic moment in America — the US had just elected its first African-American president.

Franklin belted “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” as Obama, his family and others watched.

While the performance riveted onlookers, Franklin later went on to tell then-CNN host Larry King that she was not pleased with her singing. She said the cold weather affected her voice.
Flowers and tributes are placed on Aretha Franklin’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California, on August 16, 2018.

Fans flocked to the Hollywood Walk of Fame today to pay tribute to the late music legend Aretha Franklin.

Flowers, photographs and other mementos adorned Franklin’s star in Hollywood, California.
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