Detroit – The legendary voice of soul singer Aretha Franklin is silent. The "Queen of Soul" died of pancreatic cancer on Thursday at the age of 76, and sometimes also announced the Recording Academy, which is responsible for awarding Grammy's music awards. 18 of them have won Franklin in the course of her career. Franklin was an "incomparable artist" with one of the "deepest voices" in the music industry. The New York Times "praised Franklin as" one of America's greatest singers – in every style ".
"One of America's biggest treasures"
"At one of the darkest moments of our lives we can not find the words to express the pain in our hearts," said the Franklin family in a statement. We lost our matriarch, the rock of our family. (…) We have felt your love for Aretha and it helps us know that her legacy will live on. & # 39;
Also acting and two former US presidents publicly mourned Franklin . "She was a wonderful woman, with a wonderful gift from God, her voice", wrote Donald Trump on Twitter. "She will be missed!" His predecessor Barack Obama praised Franklin and his wife Michelle by saying: "Aretha has defined American experience with her compositions and unsurpassed musical skills, and in her voice we felt our story," wrote the Obamas. "It has helped us to feel more connected, more hopeful and more humane, and sometimes it has helped us forget and dance everything." Bill Clinton also mourned Franklin with his wife Hillary. The singer was "one of America & # 39; s greatest treasures." "She has touched our soul for more than 50 years."
The British singer Elton John described Franklin as the "most important soul singer of all time". "The loss of Aretha Franklin is a battle for anyone who loves real music: music from the heart, the soul and the church", John wrote on Instagram.
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