The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, passed away Thursday at her home in Detroit at the age of 76 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Franklin's death had been expected for about a week, as loved ones and celebrities rushed to her bedside to comfort her and pay their last respects. TMZ reports that Franklin's weight was down to 86 pounds; her most recent appearance was at a charity event hosted by Elton John in November. It could be argued that the "Respect" singer mounted the most noteworthy career of any female artist in the history of popular music (in 2010, Rolling Stone named her the greatest singer of all time), notching countless hits and performing "My Country 'Tis of Thee" at President Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration. Franklin is survived by her four sons, but her legacy will live on forever. R.I.H to The Queen Of Soul!!
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