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Aretha Franklin has died, aged 76

One of the greatest artists of all time lost a long-term battle with cancer. 

Aretha Franklin died today, following a long-term battle with cancer. She was 76 years old. 

"Aretha helped define the American experience," former President Barack Obama said in a statement. "In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade -- our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace."

Aretha Franklin was born in 1942, and signed to Atlantic Records in 1967. From there, she achieved a string of soul hits and worldwide acclaim for her unparalleled vocal performances.

Rightfully dubbed 'The Queen of Soul', Franklin released countless classics including 'Respect', '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman', and 'Think'. 

Franklin was one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and won 18 Grammy Awards. In 2014, she became the first woman to have 100 songs on Billboard's R&B chart.