'We were all graced with a glimpse of the divine' - paying tribute to Aretha

Carole King who wrote (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman was among them.

'We were all graced with a glimpse of the divine' - paying tribute to Aretha

Aretha Franklin passed away today at her home in Detroit at the age of 76.

She had been suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer, her representative Gwendolyn Quinn said.

A family statement said: "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."

Following the news, friends, politicians and fans began to flood social media with tributes to the legendary woman.

Carole King who wrote (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman was among them.

Below are just some of the tributes being paid to the iconic Queen of Soul.

In a statement, Barack and Michelle Obama said:

America has no royalty. But we do have a chance to earn something more enduring. Born in Memphis and raised in Detroit, Aretha Franklin grew up performing gospel songs in her father's congregation. For more than six decades since, every time she sang, we were all graced with a glimpse of the divine.

Through her compositions and unmatched musicianship, Aretha helped define the American experience. 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. She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human. And sometimes she helped us just forget about everything else and dance.

Aretha may have passed on to a better place, but the gift of her music remains to inspire us. May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace. Michelle and I send our prayers and warmest sympathies to her family and all those moved by her songs.

More in this section

IE Logo

ABHAILE

Your guide to staying at home

Discover the

Install our free app today

Available on