Aretha Franklin has reportedly passed away on Aug. 16, at the age of 76. She reportedly died in her hometown of Detroit after she was hospitalized due to complications from cancer.
News first broke of Franklin’s illness on Aug. 13. The singer’s close friend Evron Cassidy confirmed on Twitter, the Queen of Soul was “gravely ill.” “I am so saddened to report that the Queen of Soul and my good friend, Aretha Franklin is gravely ill. I spoke with her family members this morning. She is asking for your prayers at this time,” Cassidy tweeted at the time.
Frankin has suffered from a series of health concerns throughout her career. In 2010, she underwent surgery to remove an “undisclosed tumor.” Years later, she was forced to cancel numerous concerts and guest appearances due to medical reasons.
Aretha Franklin achieved commercial success as a recording artist in the 1960s. She recorded a total of 112 singles that charted on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, including “Respect,” “A Natural Woman,” and “Spanish Harlem.”
Franklin has won a total of 18 Grammy Awards and is considered the best-selling musical artist of all time, having sold over 75 million records. In 1987, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Franklin is survived by her four sons and remaining relatives.