'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies at 76

FILE – In this Feb. 11, 2011 file photo, Aretha Franklin smiles after the Detroit Pistons-Miami Heat NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich. Franklin is seriously ill, according to a person close to the singer. The person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to publicly talk about the topic, told The Associated Press on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, that Franklin is seriously ill. No more details were provided. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File) NYAG104 NYAG104

A professional singer and accomplished pianist by her late teens, a superstar by her mid-20s, Aretha Franklin had long ago settled any arguments over who was the greatest popular vocalist of her time. Her gifts were a multioctave mezzo-soprano, gospel passion, taste sophisticated and eccentric, and the courage to channel private pain into liberating song.  WATCH

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