One of the great artists has passed away this morning, Aretha Franklin had been at her home in Detroit surrounded by family and close friends since the weekend when the news came out that she was seriously ill. Tributes of support had poured out over the week wishing her well and thanking her for all the inspiration she had provided as an artist, a woman, a celebrity, and a family member. Since her passing there has been an equal outpouring of condolences and remembrances on social media from all over.
From artists such as:
Carole King –
— Carole King (@Carole_King) August 16, 2018
Paul McCartney –
Let’s all take a moment to give thanks for the beautiful life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years. She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever. Love Paul pic.twitter.com/jW4Gpwfdts
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) August 16, 2018
Rod Stewart –
— Sir Rod Stewart (@rodstewart) August 16, 2018
Those who worked with her:
Dr. John –
Aretha Franklin with Dr. John who played on her recordings of "Young, Gifted and Black” and “Spanish Harlem.” Rest in Peace Aretha. pic.twitter.com/sPrvzgS3Ha
— Dr. John (@akadrjohn) August 16, 2018
Barbra Streisand –
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
And those who sometimes competed musically:
Diana Ross –
I’m sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin.
— Ms. Ross (@DianaRoss) August 16, 2018
Even politicians paid their respects:
Hillary Clinton –
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
Mayor of LA, Eric Garcetti –
The #QueenofSoul touched our hearts with the power of her voice. Aretha Franklin, you blessed the world with unrivaled talent and greatness that will echo through the ages. https://t.co/wRK6tP5JhU pic.twitter.com/QJoF2OuC7g
— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) August 16, 2018
It is safe to say she will always be remembered, she was and will always be the Undisputed Queen of Soul.
Image from Tony Bennett on Twitter