The sad news is shared by the Western press: at the age of 76 years the famous soul singer Aretha Franklin died. For a long time the star struggled with pancreatic cancer, but the disease took over. According to the Associated Press, she passed away in her home in Detroit.
During her life she was awarded many awards, including two Grammy figurines. Her most famous song Respect was released on a single-album in 1967. Originally it was written by musician and singer Ottis Redding, but in performance Franklin gained the greatest popularity.
Aretha Franklin was born on March 25, 1942 in Memphis. Her musical career began at the age of 14, when she sang in a church choir. Areta remained faithful to the gospel style for the rest of her life and combined it with soul music in her songs.