Legendary American soul singer, Aretha Franklin is dead, and here are the top 7 things you should know about her.
She was admitted into the hospital on Monday after being in a critical state.
Franklin died at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit, surrounded by family and friends, according to a statement on behalf of Franklin’s family from her longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn.
Dubbed the Queen of Soul, her death marks the end of an era in music and has been mourned across the entertainment world.
One of the industry’s best-selling artists, she sold in excess of 75 million records over six decades.
Top 7 things you should know about Aretha Franklin
- Aretha Franklin taught herself to play the piano without knowing how to read music.
- She got her start in Detroit as a child performing in her father’s church choir.
- As a teenager she traveled with Reverened Martin Luther King Jr, she later gave a soul-stirring performance at his funeral in 1968.
- She was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 1987.
- Her rare four-octave vocal range was the magic behind her power house presence.
- In 2005, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of freedom, an honor she received for her lifetime achievements in the arts.
- She has performed at three US presidential inaugurations.