"Our Queen Of Soul": Barack And Michelle Obama Pay Glowing Tribute To The Late Aretha Franklin
August 17, 2018 18:42 By Fabiosa
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.
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.
Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace. pic.twitter.com/bfASqKlLc5— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 16, 2018
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.
Watching Aretha Franklin perform at the White House, and on so many other occasions, made time stand still. @BarackObama and I are holding Aretha’s family in our hearts right now. She will forever be our Queen of Soul. pic.twitter.com/NhHsbKijpl— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) August 16, 2018
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.
Mourning the loss today of @ArethaFranklin who shared her spirit and talent with the world. She deserves not only our RESPECT but also our lasting gratitude for opening our eyes, ears and hearts. Rest in eternal peace, my friend.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 16, 2018
The whole world will miss her but will always rejoice in her remarkable legacy. The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen. #RIPArethaFranklin— Elton John (@eltonofficial) August 16, 2018
Aretha Franklin was so much more than a great entertainer. She inspired. She gave hope. She was part of the soul of the civil rights movement. We won't see her like again.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 16, 2018
This photo was taken in 2012 when Aretha & I performed at a tribute celebration for our friend Marvin Hamlisch. It’s difficult to conceive of a world without her. Not only was she a uniquely brilliant singer,but her commitment to civil rights made an indelible impact on the world pic.twitter.com/Px9zVB90MM— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) August 16, 2018
I'm saddened to learn that Aretha Franklin has passed.The most soulful and inspirational singer of our time. / Je suis attristée d'apprendre le décès d’Aretha Franklin. La chanteuse la plus inspirante de notre époque. - Céline xx…— Celine Dion (@celinedion) August 16, 2018
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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.