Obituaries chronicled her life of both public success and private hardship and her career as one of the greatest gospel, jazz, blues, R&B and pop singers to grace the world, often while touching on her impact on the civil rights movement and feminism. And then there was Fox News, which used a photo of Philadelphia-native singer Patti LaBelle in its eulogy.
Reacting to the report, Charlamagne wrote;
So @foxnews can identify all the individuals in these mayonnaise flavored mugshots but can’t tell the difference between Queen Patti and Queen Aretha???
The news platform has however issued an apology on the mistake. Media desk vice president Jessica Santostefano said in a statement:
“We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin’s family and friends.
Our intention was to honor the icon using a secondary image of her performing with Patti LaBelle in the full screen graphic, but the image of Ms. Franklin was obscured in that process, which we deeply regret,” she said.
However some called out Fox’s apology as a poorly crafted excuse. Others just lashed out at the network for making the mistake altogether.
Aretha Franklin, the self-taught piano prodigy, vocalist and songwriter who first conquered the charts in the late ’60s and never relinquished her throne, died on Thursday morning of advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, her publicist confirms to PEOPLE. She was 76.
“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds,” the family said in a statement.
“We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”