Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, has passed away at the age of 76. The legendary singer has been battling health issues for years and was reported to be gravely ill earlier this week.
Franklin’s publicist has confirmed her death to the Associated Press.
An all-star concert led by Sony Music Chief Creative Officer Clive Davis, paying tribute to the iconic singer has been planned for November.
“Clive Davis Presents: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin” is a celebration of the septuagenarian’s six decades-long music career.
The event at Madison Square Garden in New York City is scheduled for November 14.
The 76-year-old singer was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2010. Despite undergoing surgery and frequent illness, she performed on stage regularly, as recently as last year.
Aretha, who is the daughter of civil rights activist C. L. Franklin, retired in 2017.
by RTTNews Staff Writer
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