Aretha Franklin, the American singer known as the “Queen of Soul,” died Thursday at her home in Detroit, Michigan. She had spent many years battling cancer, her publicist announced. She was 76 years old.
The first woman admitted to the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”, leaves behind four children. But she also leaves a vast musical legacy. She first gained national fame in 1967 with a series of hit songs, including “Chain of Fools,” “A Natural Woman,” and her most famous hit, “Respect.”
Franklin has won 18 Grammy Awards, the most prestigious musical award, during her long career.