It comes with great sadness to write such sad news. The world and music industry have lost a legendary singer today. We are asking our readers to pray for the family as they go through this difficult time.
Over the weekend, the beloved singer was "gravely ill," and the family was preparing for the worst in the coming days. Family and friends have been preparing themselves to say goodbye.
"Prepare yourself, she's dying," a close friend of the singer was told a week ago who told "TMZ."
Two weeks ago, family and friends were told that "she could go any time."
The legendary gospel singer Aretha Franklin has touched hearts and souls all across the globe. Sadly, her days on this earth are done, but fans know her music will live on indefinitely. She passed away on Thursday, August 16, according to the Associated Press. She was 76 years old.
The "Respect" singer had been battling poor health over the past few years. On Sunday, August 12, reports flooded the Internet stating that she was "gravely ill," and that family and friends were surrounding her during her final hours.
Monday morning, Franklin's friend, journalist Roland Martin, shared a tweet on his dear friend's health status:
"Many of you are asking me to confirm the health status of @ArethaFranklin. Folks, I’ve known for several months. The Queen is surrounded by loved ones. That’s all I will say for now. Please keep her, the family and her longtime support staff in your prayers."
Franklin's most recent performance was in last November at the Elton John AIDS Foundation event in New York. Last summer, Franklin was forced to cancel her series of concerts due to "doctor's orders."
Franklin was nominated for 44 Grammy awards and won 18 of them. She was known for her smashing hit songs, such as, "Respect," “Natural Woman,” “I Say A Little Prayer,” and “Chain of Fools.”
Franklin was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She earned the title as "The Queen of Soul," and was named the greatest singer of all time by Rolling Stone in 2010.
Please keep the Franklin family in your prayers!