‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin has died

By MESFIN FEKADU as well as HILLEL ITALIE

The Associated Press

DETROIT– Aretha Franklin, the undeniable “Queen of Heart” that sang with matchless style on such standards as “Assume,” “I Say a Little Petition” and also her trademark song, “Respect,” and stood as a social symbol around the globe, has died at age 76 from breakthrough pancreatic cancer cells.

Press agent Gwendolyn Quinn informs The Associated Press through a household declaration that Franklin passed Thursday at 9:50 a.m. at her residence in Detroit. The declaration stated “Franklin’s official cause of death resulted from progress pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine kind, which was validated by Franklin’s oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute” in Detroit.

The family members included: “In one of the darkest minutes of our lives, we are unable to discover the proper words to reveal the pain in our heart. We have actually shed the matriarch and rock of our household.”

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