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Artists React to Aretha Franklin’s Death

Just last week, Aretha Franklin, also known as the Queen of Soul, died at the age of 76 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She died at 9:50 A.M. at her home in Detroit, Michigan, surrounded by her close family and friends. 

Of course, the news of Aretha’s death broke hearts around the world, and fans, friends, and fellow musicians paid tribute to the legendary singer in the days since her passing.

Former president Barack Obama said, “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.”

Barack Obama wasn’t the only celebrity to pay tribute to Aretha, though. Ariana Grande took The Tonight Show stage to perform her own emotional rendition of Aretha’s “Natural Woman.” Of course, these are only a few of examples of people who’ve shared what Aretha’s meant to them. Many other artists took to social media to share their own special messages about the soulful singer. Take a look:

Rest in peace, Aretha!

Photo Credit: Instagram (@arethasings)

 

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