Breaking: Aretha Franklin Dead at 76

Published: Thursday 16th Aug 2018 by Rashad

In news that will undoubtedly leave the music world reeling, Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin has passed away.

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Aretha Franklin, known for having one of the greatest voices in music history, and for hits like “Respect,” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” … died Thursday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Aretha passed away in her Detroit home where she was under hospice care. She’d been in failing health for many months and she was down to 86 pounds. One source told us he was informed more than a week ago that Aretha could go at any time.

She was surrounded by friends and family when she passed. Her family released a statement, saying, “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.” [source]


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  1. Brandyfan87 August 16, 2018

    So sad, RIP Aretha?

    • China August 16, 2018

      This Tribute will be Incredible: Mariah, Mary, Fantasia, Celine, Beyonce, Ledisi – just wait. These women are going to SLAY this tribute

      • Keith August 16, 2018

        Can we substitute Chaka, Patti, Gladys, Lalah Hathaway, Anita for Beyonce or any white woman…

    • Rasputia Latimore August 16, 2018

      May God bless you on your way to heaven. I know you had a life of hardships. Thank you God for blessing my great grand parents, my grandparents, my parents, my generation, and many generations ahead with Aretha’s tremendous vocal talent. She had one of the best voices of all time that transcended race and politics and numerous genres of music (Soul, Rnb, Jazz, Gospel, Opera, and Blues). She will be missed and now she is home in heaven.

    • shay August 16, 2018

      When she sang that Poveratti opera song with soul and captured people around the world is when she blessed the universe as she did so many times in her career! RIP to another black Queen

  2. Achooo! August 16, 2018

    I love sassy Aretha and her music. She in good hands as she about to meet Anubis the God of Afterlife. He will redistribute her soul to the universe to be rebirth. She built a timeless catalog of music for many to enjoy. Condolences to the family.

    • MissImpartial August 16, 2018

      What a b*******

  3. Meme August 16, 2018

    RIP to another icon.

    • John Tucker August 16, 2018


  4. taustin13 August 16, 2018

    RIP ?

  5. Seth August 16, 2018

    RIP to the greatest singer of ALL time

  6. xyz August 16, 2018

    RIP to a real queen

  7. pat August 16, 2018

    She could do anything vocally. RIP QUEEN

  8. Sweetnothings78 August 16, 2018

    That statement in its self just made me shed a tear. How Sad!

    The artists of today could never bring to the table what she did! In attitude or music!

  9. Jackx August 16, 2018

    R.I.P. Queen

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  11. IG @ mixedboy August 16, 2018

    Queen of Soul ❤️??

  12. Blessed August 16, 2018

    THis is so sad. RIP Queen of Soul, you will be missed.

  13. next bih August 16, 2018

    THEE most important female vocalist of our time. Rest easy Queen, you have set a foundation for vocalists to last forever. You a real Queen with no five dollar footlong albums in existence… Your music speaks for itself. LEGEND

    • Ri Ri August 16, 2018

      You just couldn’t keep this strictly about Aretha. Damn Nicki stay on your mind. You should get you some help.

      • next bih August 16, 2018

        Who said anything about ol’ girl? Can you let me tribute the Queen without being on my cliiiiiiiit bih DAMN!?

      • Ri Ri August 16, 2018

        Furthermore, ain’t nobody on your raggedy ass c***. Your panties don’t even wanna be on that funky s***.

    • Ri Ri August 16, 2018

      B**** I ain’t stupid, I can put 2 and 2 together. When you mentioned the $5 footlong thing, I know you were talking about Nicki. They just announced this morning she cut the price on her album to $5. If you gone say something stand by it B****. You know damn well you were talking about Nicki. You just mad I called your b**** ass out on it.

  14. BeyJayBlu August 16, 2018

    Great gowns beautiful gowns

    ??? RIP Legend

  15. Ri Ri August 16, 2018

    R.I.P Queen of Soul. #RESPECT

  16. Fancy BISH August 16, 2018

    Aretha IS music…she is the very foundation of this thing we call music! I don’t remember having to learn Aretha’s songs…it feels like I was born and already knew them! She is the soundtrack to ALL of our lives and will continue to do so! What an amazing, beautiful and phenomenal woman…a QUEEN and an ICON. Her heavenly voice is now singing in Heaven ?☁️ Forever missed and forever loved, Aretha Louise Franklin. Prayers to her family and friends ??

    • olusheyi banjo August 16, 2018

      well said

  17. Sandra August 16, 2018

    I think TGJ needs to change the headline from dead which is very daily mail styles to has died which they even had the respect to write.

    • Anne August 16, 2018

      Just noticed this comment, I had the same thought. They need different terminology. We just lost her this very day, to use the term”dead” is very insensitive.

    • D August 16, 2018

      Former journalist, here. I agree.

    • SO FRESH August 16, 2018

      That was extremely insensitive and tactless for the headline to be written in that manner. First thing I noticed.

      RIH QUEEN!!!

  18. Evannnn August 16, 2018

    RIP QUEEN :'(
    You know what kills me, is that with the newer and newer generations they will soon not care at all about any of the greats that came before them and soon the 60s and 70s will only be remembered by us…its so sad!!

  19. Anne August 16, 2018

    Maybe it’s just me, but I find the title insensitive. Couldn’t you all use “passed away” in the headline? Still trying to get used to her actually being gone. RIP Queen of Soul, your music lives on forever!

  20. The Legend Called Missy Elliott ?? August 16, 2018

    A real Queen. Rest now, you’ve entertained us for decades.

  21. Keith August 16, 2018

    Prayers for peace and comfort to the Franklin family. Aretha’s chapter is written and locked…

  22. Stephy August 16, 2018

    RIP Queen Aretha! You were RAW TALENT! I respect you so much.

  23. August 16, 2018

    RIP, Ms Aretha queen of souls.

  24. music lover August 16, 2018

    OMG..This is sad. Ever changing time will forever be close to my heart..

    Sidenote: Why is it every time Beyonce is on tour,a legend dies???

    • Anne August 16, 2018

      Because Beyonce tours a lot.

    • iamdiego August 16, 2018

      I thought the same thing

  25. 4U2SEE August 16, 2018

    R.I.P. Listening to Aretha from Whit new Glennis Grace. Thank YOU all for the Soul. No one can take the place.

  26. Bardi Gang August 16, 2018

    Rest In Paradise Queen of Soul. The legacy and culture you created will always be remembered.

  27. i hate whytee and blackk bitcheszzz both not ish August 16, 2018

    loooooooooooooooord that woman can sing..

    ..barack gave her a side stage during his inaugration, but gave a thief the center stage

    so dis-respectful to the real Queen of Soul……

  28. JOHNVIDAL August 16, 2018

    Whether you´re a fan or not, she is one of the most indisputable biggest and realest legends in the music fields EVER. Forget about any current name because they are nothing compared to this. The simple thought of some nowadays names makes me laugh when thinking about the woman that just died.
    My personal favorite from her: “Freedom”, without a doubt.

  29. DanYiel Iman August 16, 2018

    Wow a voice unmatched!!??

  30. Just_blaze August 16, 2018

    Omg rip queen

  31. shay August 16, 2018

    When she sang that Poveratti opera song with soul and captured people around the world is when she blessed the universe as she did so many times in her career! RIP to another black Queen

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