Aretha Franklin, ‘Queen of Soul’, dead at age 76

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DETROIT (KXAN) – Aretha Franklin died at her home in Detroit Thursday. She was 76 years old.

The Queen of Soul was considered one of the greatest singers of all time, and was known for hits like “Respect” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” 

Franklin, who had battled undisclosed health issues in recent years, canceled planned concerts earlier this year after she was ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest up. She was originally scheduled to perform on her 76th birthday in March in Newark, New Jersey, and at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in April. 

Last year, the icon announced her plans to retire, saying she would perform at “some select things.” One of those select events was a gala for Elton John’s 25th anniversary of his AIDS foundation in November in New York City, where Franklin closed the event with a collection of songs including “I Say a Little Prayer” and “Freeway.”

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