We’re sad to report that Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, has passed away at the age of 76. According to AP, Franklin died Thursday morning from pancreatic cancer, which she was diagnosed with in 2010.

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β€œIn 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. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds,” Franklin’s family said.

“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. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”

Tributes have been pouring in for the iconic singer, who won 18 GRAMMYs, earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom and became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during a dazzling 50-plus-year career.

Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days, while record executive Clive Davis is planning an an all-star tribute for Aretha Franklin at New York’s Madison Square Garden on November 14.

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