‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin dies aged 76 – AP

Aretha Franklin, the preacher’s daughter whose powerful voice made her the long-reigning “Queen of Soul” had died. Picture: SUPPLIED

NEW YORK, Aug 16 (Reuters) – Aretha Franklin, the preacher’s daughter whose powerful voice made her the long-reigning “Queen of Soul” with such hit songs as “Respect” and “Chain of Fools,” died on Thursday at the age of 76, the Associated Press reported.

Franklin, who won 18 Grammys and had some 25 gold records, died at her home in Detroit, the AP said, citing a publicist for the singer. Representatives for Franklin did not immediately respond to a request for comment. (Writing by Daniel Wallis; Editing by David Gregorio)

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