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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Rock Hall's First Woman Inductee Aretha Franklin Dies at 76

Posted By on Thu, Aug 16, 2018 at 11:05 AM

[image-1]The first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has died. Aretha Franklin's family announced today that after a battle with pancreatic cancer the Queen of Soul passed early this morning at her home in Detroit. She was 76.

Scene's own music editor, Jeff Niesel, spoke with Franklin back in 2016 for our sister paper, the Detroit Metro Times, and she said then she wanted to sing until the end.

"I will be singing all the way," she said. "...It's not good to go and sit down anywhere, especially after having been very active. That's just not a good idea."

Henry Beecher Hicks III, president of the National Museum of African American Music, said in a statement today that the "Respect" singer will be greatly missed. 

"Franklin’s influence on subsequent generations of musicians is too pervasive to sum up in a few words," Hicks said. "But perhaps, President Barack Obama described it best when he said that her music 'captures the fullness of the American experience, the bottom as well as the top, the good and the bad, and the possibility of synthesis, reconciliation, transcendence.'"

The Rock Hall plans to add a dress worn by Franklin to its In Memoriam case later today. 

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