Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

Though Fox News' official statement offers up a potential explanation for the error, the available evidence contradicts said explanation and raises questions as to whether they misidentified LaBelle or another individual in the image as Franklin as many viewers originally thought.

All week, tributes from fans and celebrities had been pouring in on social media. She deserves not only our RESPECT but also our lasting gratitude for opening our eyes, ears and hearts.

"Nobody embodies more fully the connection between the African-American spiritual, the blues, R&B, rock and roll - the way that hardship and sorrow were transformed into something full of beauty and vitality and hope".

Franklin's popularity faded, then revived in the mid-1980s with songs such as Freeway Of Love, a duet with George Michael named I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me), Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves, Who's Zoomin' Who? and a cover of the Rolling Stones' Jumpin' Jack Flash. Her family confirmed, after many years of battling health issues, that she had advanced pancreatic cancer.

"We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin's family and friends", a Fox News spokesperson said.

"Thank you Aretha Franklin for getting me through tough days", Twitter user, Pablo, said. "As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this hard time".

Her last live performance was Nov 7, 2017, for the Elton John Aids Foundation gala in NY.

With Franklin's passing, many key figures in the sports world took time to remember her, reflecting on her legacy and the impact that the singer had on their lives.

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'May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace.

"She has shared her points of view from the stage for challenged people, to register to vote, to stand up for decency", he said. She sang the national anthem before Game 1 of the 1993 World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Toronto Blue Jays.

The opera master was her friend, so when he fell ill at the last moment, Franklin stepped in to sing his most famous aria: Nussun Dorma. She was elegant, graceful, and utterly uncompromising in her artistry. "Long live the Queen of Soul through her extraordinary & singular voice and her indelible music".

A gifted pianist as well as singer, she was a self-taught child prodigy.

"I'm sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin", disco and soul star Diana Ross tweeted.

2014: Franklin had an asteroid named after her, the 249516 Aretha. Her father was a preacher and her mother was a singer and piano player. 'We were witnessing the greatest soul artist of all time.

"I adored and worshipped her talent", he added.

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