It has just been reported that award winning American soul singer, Aretha Franklin, is dead. The talented singer reportedly died of cancer at the age of 76. Franklin was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2010 which made her quit her music career.
Recounting her last moments, the music legend was surround by close family and friends such as Steve Wonder, Jesse Jackson amongst others. They all took turns to visit the deceased before she gave up at home in Detroit.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the America's most celebrated singer was gravely ill and reportedly fighting for her life. This came several months after her last public performance.
Late Franklin reportedly began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister. At the age of 18, she embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records but only achieving modest success in 1960.
Towards the end of 1960, the emerged the ‘The Queen of Soul’ and recorded a total of 112 singles which included 77 Hot 100 entries, 17 top ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries and 20 number-one R&B singles, becoming the most charted female artist in the chart's history.
After dominating the music industry for about five decades with her strong vocal skills and her powerful lyrics, Franklin’s music career earned 18 Grammy awards and sold over 75 million records.
It was also reported that late Franklin was married twice, her first marriage was to Theodore White in 1961 at age 19, despite objections from her father. The union crashed after several reports of domestic violence in 1969.
Franklin then married her second husband, actor Glynn Turman on April 11, 1978, at her father's church and became the stepmother of Turman's three children from a previous marriage. In 1982, the union crashed after Franklin returned to Michigan from California, and they officially got divorced in 1984.
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Following her death on Thursday, August 16, NAIJ.com brings you pictorial moments of the late music legend, Aretha Franklin.
See photos below:
She will be greatly missed in the industry. RIP!
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