Fox News Mixed up Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle During a Broadcast


The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, has died at the age of 76, her publicist has confirmed. "We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin's family and friends", Jessica Santostefano, Vice President, Media Desk at Fox News explained. "As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this hard time".

Her last public performance was at Elton John's AIDS Foundation gala in NY last November.

Franklin's music also helped serve as a springboard for a number of young guitarists who later became legends themselves. She has sold millions of copies of her records and went on to win 18 Grammy awards.

In February of 2017, Franklin announced that she would stop touring, but she continued to book concerts.

After a handful of hits, Franklin started earning $100,000 for performances and attention for the singer was bigger than ever.

Singers and musicians quickly flooded social media in mourning her passing, which came on the same day that fellow USA music giant Elvis Presley died at his home in Memphis, the city where Franklin was born, 41 years ago.

Franklin was a force in the music industry and helped open so many doors for women who have followed her.

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Singer Diana Ross kept her tribute simple.

"Her voice was unique, her piano playing underrated - she was one of my favourite pianists", he said.

Toronto R&B singer Melanie Fiona says she performed 1971's "Rock Steady" on tour years ago.

The opera master was her friend, so when he fell ill at the last moment, Franklin stepped in to sing his most famous aria: Nussun Dorma. She worked for me on numerous occasions.

In 2014, in the heat of Swift's 1989 era, Aretha sat down for a chat with The Wall Street Journal, who asked her to sound off on her fellow divas. But the singer had performed at one of Trump's casinos and was photographed with him at the grand opening of New York's Trump global hotel and tower in 1997. Beyond her tremendous singing voice, she was a voice in the Civil Rights Movement. He said the two have talked about her health over the years and said she is "a remarkable woman". President George W. Bush awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in 2005. "The Heavens rejoice. Rest in heavenly peace".

They also tweeted out a photo of the marquee from one of Franklin's past performances. "The singer, best known for her renditions of "Respect" and "(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman", could belt out a tune like no other.

The same year, Franklin said, "Patti and I are cool and we always have been", in response to a false story claiming that the pair physically brawled. "She was someone that I looked up to for just the way she lived her life".