The multiple Grammy victor cemented her place in USA music history with a powerful, bell-clear voice that stretched over four octaves. He also celebrated the "extraordinary legacy" of the soul, pop and R&B virtuoso, calling her "terrific".
The iconic singer died at the age of 76 at her home in Detroit on Thursday after suffering from pancreatic cancer. "I've known [for] sometime about her condition, and I just prayed, even though the odds were very, very, very insane - when you think two out of 100 would succeed - [that she] would beat this thing".
"They say it's a man's world", she sang on her album "I Never Loved a Man The Way I Love You" in 1967, "but you can't prove that by me". His tweet following the news of her passing was also criticized by Franklin fans for its insensitivity. And it was the rousing finale to a 2011 Franklin tribute at the Grammys, performed by Christina Aguilera, Florence Welch, Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride and Yolanda Adams. She stepped in for the opera singer at the Grammy Awards that year. The space agency's official lunar account expressed its condolences for the singer, writing: "Rock Steady Aretha".
- Franklin has performed at the inaugurations of Presidents Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and Barack Obama.
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Her signature song, "Respect", a glorious and intense remake of Otis Redding's anthem, will forever ring in our ears when we feel we aren't receiving the consideration we deserve. To make the situation even more complicated, Aretha's mother left the family due to her husband's infidelity when Aretha was only 6 years old - leaving her without a mom to help her navigate the unplanned pregnancy. "Women just seemed to take to it like that, and it became a mantra", she said.
"I did want to see her and I decided on Monday I would go".
Franklin's declining health was first disclosed on the Showbiz 411 website late Sunday by Roger Friedman, a reporter and family friend.
"I am one of them - have been playing Aretha Franklin's music, celebrating her incredible life and career, and singing along to their favorites", he said during his monologue.
She was reportedly surrounded by friends and family when she passed, and had been in failing health for "many months" under hospice care. "When the three-day engagement was over, Aretha hopped aboard her luxury bus, and headed back on the freeway to Detroit".