"Our Queen Of Soul": Barack And Michelle Obama Pay Glowing Tribute To The Late Aretha Franklin

Date August 17, 2018 18:42

On August 16, 2018, the world lost one of its brightest stars as music icon and Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, passed on. She was aged 76. Doctors diagnosed Franklin with pancreatic cancer in 2010, and she fought it off until her demise in Detroit.


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With over 20 US Number 1’s and an equally stunning amount of Grammy wins, Franklin was an inspiration to countless musicians who continue to give her credit for their success. She retired from music in 2017 due to her declining health.


Former US President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, have joined the throng of fans and public personalities sending in their tributes to the late Franklin. According to President Obama,

Aretha helped define the American experience.

On her part, Michelle Obama said Franklin “made time stand still” with her memorable performances at the White House and other events and she also shared a kind word for the family of the bereaved.

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Other well-known celebrities including British singer Sir Elton John, Canadian icon Celine Dion, and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have shared messages on social media.

Rolling Stone magazine once called Aretha Franklin the #1 singer of all time. Her passing is a big blow to the global music community and we expect tribute events to follow in the coming weeks and months. Adieu to the Queen.

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