We are sad to share that we’ve just lost a member of music royalty.

18-time Grammy award-winning artist, Aretha Franklin has just passed.

According to NBC News, the music legend passed away this morning at her home in Detroit. Franklin was 76-years-old.

Earlier this week, we learned that Aretha was very ill. Many outlets have reported that she was surrounded by her family and close friends during this time.

Aretha Franklin is a musical phenomenon, her first national chart-topper was in 1967 with her version of “Respect.”

Since the 60s, Aretha had 77 hot 100 chart entries. She is the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and was later named the Greatest Singer of all Time by Rolling Stone.

We will always remember Aretha Franklin’s mark on the world of music and her soulful voice.

Share with us what your favorite song by Aretha Franklin is in the comments below.

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