Aretha Franklin, ‘Queen of Soul,’ dead at age 76

American singer and songwriter Aretha Franklin has died, the Associated Press confirmed on Thursday. She was 76.

On Monday, the Associated Press reported Franklin was “seriously ill,” according to a person close to the singer. She had battled through several health issues throughout the years, including pancreatic cancer in 2011.

Aretha Louise Franklin was born on March 25, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee. She moved to Detroit when she was two years old, and remains one of the city’s most...

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