To My Beloved Friend: Barbra Streisand Remembers Late Aretha Franklin With A Touching Tribute
August 17, 2018 11:42 By Fabiosa
The world mourns the passing of the greatest soul artist of all times, Aretha Franklin. Fan, colleagues, and friends of the singer pay memorable tributes to the late legend. Barbra Streisand honored her beloved friend too.
“It’s difficult to conceive of a world without her”
The ‘queen of soul’, talented and one-of-the-kind Aretha Franklin left this world on August 16 surrounded by her family. She was 76. The star bravely fought with health issues but for the last week, her condition saw a severe decline.
Soon after Aretha’s sad passing was announced, her friends and millions of fans worldwide took to social media to honor the memory of the ‘queen of soul’.
There are moments in your life that you never forget. I took this photo of Aretha Franklin at what turned out to be her very last performance. It was at a benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation at the spectacular Cathedral of St John The Divine in New York. Elton and I went to greet her before the show and were taken aback at how thin and frail she appeared. She looked at Elton with the sweetest smile and said “I didn’t want to let you down”. Such class. The performance she generously gave everyone was overwhelmingly moving. There she was channeling the spirit of GOD in that beautiful church surrounded by the most dazzling backdrop of candles. Everyone in that room knew they were witnessing something truly special that night. She played and sang magnificently. You can see Elton in the foreground of this photo completely enraptured. He couldn’t stop crying. He knew he was probably seeing one of his greatest musical inspirations and idols for the very last time. How fitting that her final performance was in that beautiful church. How fitting that her final way of saying goodbye was by helping others and saving lives. Aretha Franklin shared a gift of musical talent of bountiful enormity. She brought the world so much joy and happiness. She touched our souls with her beautiful humanity. God bless her and all her family and friends. Her spirit will live on through her music and continue to touch so many lives for generations to come. @arethasings @eltonjohn @ejaf @ejafdn #RIP #ArethaFranklin #QueenOfSoul
I think we all need to ‘Say a Little Prayer’ for the undisputed Queen of Soul...total legend R.I.P 😢😢#ArethaFranklin— Marilyn 🙎🏼♀️ (@Spring__Autumn) August 16, 2018
Barbra Streisand also expressed her condolences about the passing of the legendary singer. Barbra shared a 2012 throwback photo of them together at a tribute celebration for Marvin Hamlisch.
The singer wrote in a caption:
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.
We 100 percent agree with Barbra Streisand. Aretha Franklin will be missed so much. It’s hard to imagine the music industry without her great songs.
In memory of the ‘queen of soul’, we want to recall her final public performance.
We can’t help admiring her exceptional talent. Rest in peace, dear Aretha.