Detroit Tigers incorporated Aretha Franklin's song titles into their game notes

Tabitha Dunn
August 18, 2018

Aretha Franklin, the undisputed Queen of Soul who sang with matchless style on such classics as Think, I Say a Little Prayer and her signature song, Respect, and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at the age 76 from pancreatic cancer.

Fans of the superstar also gathered outside her childhood church in Detroit, Michigan to honour her passing.

Franklin died in her Detroit home Thursday surrounded by her family.

Franklin, who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think, ' "I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, 'Respect", announced her retirement from touring previous year.

"She was the first black woman to go into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In a lot of ways, her music and her voice have been a soundtrack to my life - maybe yours, too".

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US President Barack Obama (L) greets US singer Patti LaBelle (R) during the event, 'In Performance at the White House - Women of Soul.

"Aretha Franklin had it in her contract that she wouldn't perform for segregated audiences", Trevor Noah said. "She touched every genre". "They're shopping and they just probably don't even expect to see me in there". "All of our other friends that we grew up with were gone". Someone said, on one of the channels yesterday, that when she sings your song, she takes it.

"We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin's family and friends", Jessica Santostefano, Fox News vice president, said in a statement. "She was just a great person, great cook, great woman".

"For more than 50 years, she stirred our souls. You know, there was information that I knew that I couldn't really say because the family did not want that out".

She told Detroit station WDIV-TV that same summer, when she was 72, that she was determined to never be "grossly overweight" again, adding that she was in much better shape than previous parts of her life.

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