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#ArethaFranklin: John Legend, Hillary Clinton, Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, Al Sharpton pay Tribute following her Death

American singer and songwriter Aretha Franklin passed on today at the age of 76 in her Detroit home after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

The news was confirmed by her publicist in a statement:

Franklin’s official cause of death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin’s oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute.

In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.

We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.

Since news of her passing, several celebrities, politicians and thought leaders have taken to social media to pay their tributes to the legend.

See some of the tributes below.

Tim Cook, Chief Executive Officer of Apple

Shaun King, American Writer

John Legend, American Singer

Annie Lennox, Scottish Singer

Zara Larsson, Swedish singer

Hillary Clinton, American Politician

Diana Ross, American Singer

Paul McCartney, English Singer-songwriter

Claire McCaskill, United States Senator

Rebecca Ferguson, Swedish actress

Ringo Starr, Musician

Carole King, American Composer

Al Sharpton, American Activist

Elton John, Singer

Elton John

@eltonofficial

The loss of @ArethaFranklin is a blow for everybody who loves real music: Music from the heart, the soul and the Church. Her voice was unique, her piano playing underrated – she was one of my favourite pianists.

Barbra Streisand, American Singer-songwriter

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Barbra Streisand

@BarbraStreisand

This photo was taken in 2012 when Aretha & I performed at a tribute celebration for our friend Marvin Hamlisch. It’s difficult to conceive of a world without her. Not only was she a uniquely brilliant singer,but her commitment to civil rights made an indelible impact on the world

Clive Davis, American Record Producer

Clive Davis

@CliveDavis

I’m absolutely devastated by Aretha’s passing. She was truly one of a kind. She was more than the Queen of Soul. She was a national treasure to be cherished by every generation throughout the world. (1/2)

Christina Aguilera, American Singer

Christina Aguilera

@xtina

Aretha was such a timeless inspiration to me and so many others, the ultimate queen, thank you for the gift of your voice, music and unshakeable soul 🙏🏼

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