Life, times of Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin

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The former president's office released a statement in which he described her compositions and unmatched musicianship as helping to define the American experience.

As we previously reported, the 76-year-old was said to be "gravely ill" in a Detroit hospital, though there were no other details at the time.

The Queen of Soul passed away today after a battle with advanced pancreatic cancer.

Singer John Legend called her the greatest vocalist he had ever known.

Franklin reportedly has received more than 12 honorary degrees from prestigious universities throughout her life. WDET's Jay Butler says he ran into Franklin at a party and the Queen of Soul's health was not a topic for discussion.

Let's all take a moment to give thanks for the handsome life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years.

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.

"Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Aretha Franklin". The space agency paid homage to the Queen of Soul and reminded everyone that her asteroid is still going strong.

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Franklin sang her way through America's history, starting out as a professional singer and pianist in her late teens. In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine put her at the top of its list of the 100 greatest singers of all time, male or female. Here are some facts you may not know about the incredible Queen of Soul.

The legendary singer was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and announced past year she was retiring from music.

The star gave her final performance last November at a gala in NY held in aid of the Elton John Aids Foundation.

Aretha Franklin performs at Radio City Music Hall in New York February 17, 2012.

"She was an unbelievable artist who inspired me and millions of others", Dion posted Thursday on Facebook. She was the most soulful and inspirational singer of our time. there will never be anyone like her. A 1986 duet with George Michael, "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)", hit number one in several countries.

"I've listened to her throughout the years", Johnson said.

One of the songs I really enjoyed playing with her, because she was actually playing and singing, was A Brand New Me. The song was a cover of an Otis Redding original, but when Franklin made it her own, it went to No. 1 on the pop and R&B charts and won her the first two of many Grammys. She sincerely will be missed throughout the Musical World, Family, and Friends.

She was married twice, first to Ted White, to whom she said "I do" to in 1961. "Her music gave us a greater sense of determination to never give up or give in, and to keep the faith".

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