Aretha franklin the preachers daughter who became the queen of soul and forged the template of the larger than life pop diva with her exuberant gospel rooted singing has died she was 76. Aretha franklin the queen of soul died thursday morning at her home in detroit after a long battle with cancer her family said in a statement she was 76 years old she was 76 years old the family said franklin died from advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type. Discover why aretha franklin garners so much r e s p e c t aretha franklin is a musical and cultural icon who created an amazing legacy spanning six decades born in memphis tennessee in 1942 aretha got her start singing in front of her fathers baptist congregation and found minor success as a gospel singer. Whos zoomin who brought her genius into the 80s even after the devasting loss of her father but the album is full of classic aretha from the swinging freeway of love to her dramatic reading of van mccoys sweet bitter love
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