'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies, aged 76 after cancer battle

Posing for a portrait lying on a couch circa 1973

Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think", "I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect", and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from advance pancreatic cancer.

In 2009, Franklin performed at the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Though Fox News' official statement offers up a potential explanation for the error, the available evidence contradicts said explanation and raises questions as to whether they misidentified LaBelle or another individual in the image as Franklin as many viewers originally thought.

"It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Aretha Louise Franklin, the Queen of Soul", the statement said. "For years, it was the best-selling gospel album by a woman ever ... until Whitney Houston's 'The Preacher's Wife" stole that top position at 3 million units". "We were witnessing the greatest soul artist of all time". She was a living manifestation of pride - but there was always something unknowable in Aretha Franklin, the suggestion of a pain she would not share.

Clara Ward, of the Ward Singers, and Mahalia Jackson were among Franklin's mentors.

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Correction: This story has been corrected to clearly identify that Aretha Franklin performed at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s memorial service.

"She has shared her points of view from the stage for challenged people, to register to vote, to stand up for decency", he said. "And Smokey said, 'Well, they just don't know who your healer is'". A biopic, Queen of Soul, will star Jennifer Hudson, who Franklin considered one of her first choices to play her.

Whether at Wrestlemania or the World Series, it can't be disputed that Aretha Franklin was one of the greatest of all time at opening a sporting event. In 1969, she laid down the album Spirit in the Dark, an 18-track recording met with rave reviews when it was released in the summer of 1970 - almost 48 years to the day that Franklin passed away. Earlier this week, news broke that she was not doing well. The song was featured on the soundtrack of the film "Bobby", which was about the 1968 assassination of U.S. Sen. Her answer made music history. Robert Kennedy. In 2010, she won a Grammy for "You've Got a Friend", recorded with Ronald Isley.

2011: Franklin had a comeback concert in 2011 but was forced to cancel several of those performances due to an undisclosed medical condition.

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