Renowned worldwide as the undisputed “Queen of Soul,” musical icon Aretha Franklin has passed away in her Detroit home at the age of 76 years. She had been battling pancreatic cancer, Franklin’s longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn confirmed in a statement on Thursday, August 16. Her musical legacy will live on.
“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,” the statement reads. “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.
Franklin’s breadth and depth in music goes far beyond the soul, R&B, hip-hop, and popular music genres and is already being felt as ripples in the dance music world. Everyone from David Guetta and Clean Bandit to DIM MAK and Ministry of Sound has some memory of Franklin’s music touching their sounds and their hearts. Read on to see what artists and industry professionals in the dance music community are saying about the iconic musician over their personal social media accounts.
RIP Aretha Franklin
Your music has touched many and will continue to
— here for now (@LouisTheChild) August 16, 2018
R E S P E C T
— ALISON WONDERLAND (@awonderland) August 16, 2018
rip Aretha 😢https://t.co/02UlM2UeFA
— ZEDS DEAD (@zedsdead) August 16, 2018
— VASSY (@VASSY) August 16, 2018
— Junior Sanchez (@juniorsanchez) August 16, 2018
Huge loss to music… RIP x https://t.co/k1yGwNeIQk
— 🦠😷CORO-NO-YOU-DIDN’T😷🦠 (@Funkagenda) August 16, 2018
"Just to know I uplifted another person – I wouldn't be doing anything else. In terms of helping people understand and know each other a little better, music is universal – universal and transporting."
RIP to the queen of soul – you will never be forgotten #ArethaFranklin pic.twitter.com/zUNuWYkIB2
— Dani Deahl (@danideahl) August 16, 2018
there will never be another #QueenofSoul. known not just for her unbelievable voice, #Aretha was an unparalleled activist, using her celebrity to draw attention to many causes in the Black community & beyond. pic.twitter.com/5Ru5XI5L7g
— #BlackLivesMatter ✊️ (@tommiesunshine) August 16, 2018
R.I.P to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. One of the greatest vocalists of all-time… Your music will live on forever. 🎙✨ pic.twitter.com/42qCDgtycd
— Defected Records (@DefectedRecords) August 16, 2018
R.I.P to the Queen of Soul – Aretha Franklin pic.twitter.com/4ScwcP1HMt
— Ministry of Sound (@ministryofsound) August 16, 2018
RIP the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. pic.twitter.com/z4aLCfjkgW
— DIM MAK (@dimmak) August 16, 2018
This was when I first heard Aretha Franklin and as 10 year old it blew my little socks off. From then on I didn’t want to play clarinet any more I wanted to play sax in a soul band and it changed my life forever.https://t.co/qen7DX0yOp
— Clean Bandit (@cleanbandit) August 17, 2018
H/T: Billboard Dance