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Aretha Franklin in hospice care source says

CNN anchor Don Lemon remembered the life of the "Queen of Soul", Aretha Franklin, Thursday night, saying her music had been a "soundtrack to his life". "We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin's family and friends".

The statement continued: "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". "She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever".

Aretha Franklin performs onstage at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Commemorates Its 25th Year And Honors Founder Sir Elton John During New York Fall Gala at Cathedral of St. John the Divine on November 7, 2017 in New York City.

Franklin's music also helped serve as a springboard for a number of young guitarists who later became legends themselves. Franklin won 18 Grammy awards.

According to CNN, Franklin was extremely private and rarely discussed her personal life.

"America has no royalty", former president and first lady Barack and Michelle Obama said in a statement shortly after the sad news broke.

Although she was born in Memphis, Detroit has been her home since she was a child and you could say she was raised by the church where her father served as a reverend.

By the end of the 1960s she had gained the title "Queen of Soul". "The Icon. The ultimate singers' singer", pop diva Mariah Carey tweeted.

Franklin, who has been battling pancreatic cancer for many years, was in the presence of her family in Detroit at the time of her death. Like so many others expressing their sadness today, I owe to her more joy and love of music itself than I'd ever be able to put into words.

Aretha may have passed on to a better place, but the gift of her music remains to inspire us all. But the singer had performed at one of Trump's casinos and was photographed with him at the grand opening of New York's Trump worldwide hotel and tower in 1997.

"The Queen of Soul".

"It was the right song at the right time", she said.

Her biggest hit, "Respect", became an anthem of the civil rights and women's movements. She was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.

Her Baptist minister father was the organiser behind the 1963 Detroit Walk to Freedom - the largest-ever demonstration for civil rights in the United States until the March on Washington later that year, when the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr made his "I have a dream" speech.

Annie Lennox added: "As the One and Only "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin was simply peerless".

"I'll be pretty much satisfied, but I'm not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing".

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