Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" has died at age 76 from advanced pancreatic cancer, AP has reported.
She sang classics such as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a global cultural icon.
Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn told AP that Franklin passed away today, Thursday August 16th at her home in Detroit.
The family statement Quinn read said, "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," continued the statement.