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Aretha Franklin Dies at 76

Pancreatic cancer claims a soul icon—who should also be remembered for her jazz work

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin, an internationally renowned vocalist who was known as “The Queen of Soul” but also explored jazz and Tin Pan Alley standards among other genres during her nearly 60-year career, died at 9:50 a.m. on August 16 at her home in Detroit, Mich., after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 76 years old.

Her death was confirmed in a statement released August 16 by her family, which read in part, “We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family.”

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