Aretha Franklin, Michigan Native and ‘Queen of Soul’, Dies at Age 76
Michigan native and "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin has died at the age 76.
News broke Monday morning that Franklin was "gravely ill" in a Detroit hospital. She was sent home for hospice care a few days later. Despite reports that she wasn't doing well, her nephew told reporters that she was "alert, laughing, and teasing" on Tuesday.
Franklin was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 2010.
WDIV Local 4 Detroit reports that Franklin moved to Detroit when she was just 2 years old. The news outlet also comments that, "Despite the fact that she had a child when she was just 14, and then another at age 15, the record labels came calling."
While she is the "Queen of Soul", many often associate Franklin with Motown, even though she was never signed to that particular label.
During her career, Aretha won 18 Grammys.
Her last album was released in 2017.