Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul,” whose recordings dominated the charts for 40 years, died this morning at her home in Detroit from pancreatic cancer. Ms. Franklin was 76.
Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn told The Associated Press that Franklin passed away Thursday at 9:50 a.m.
“Franklin’s official cause of death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, said her oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute” in Detroit.
She sang classics “I Say a Little Prayer,” “Respect,” “Think”, I Never Loved a Man The Way I Loved You” “Do Right Woman” and “Soul Serenade.”
She won 18 Grammy Awards and in 1987, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2009, Franklin sang at President Barack Obama’s first inauguration.
Her death had been expected. She had canceled concerts and friends and relatives had visited her at home where she was undergoing hospice care.
Pancreatic cancer is an aggressive form of cancer that develops in the tissues of the pancreas. Located in the abdomen behind the lower part of the stomach, the pancreas aids in digestion.
Incidences of pancreatic cancer are higher among blacks compared to whites, but the cancer is misunderstood because of its high death rates, according to the book “Minorities and Cancer.”