Aretha Franklin‘s family called her death at 76 of pancreatic cancer “one of the darkest moments of our lives.”
“We are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our hearts,” relatives of the legendary Queen of Soul said in a statement on Thursday. “We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family.”
Franklin’s love for her children, grandchildren and other relatives “knew no bounds,” the statement said.
“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,” they said. “Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt the love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on.”
Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn confirmed to the Associated Press that the renowned and internationally beloved singer died at her home in Detroit on Thursday morning due to advanced pancreatic cancer.
Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days.
With Post wires
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