As many mourn the passing of Aretha Franklin, a revered music icon, tributes have been pouring in from celebrities, politicians and entertainers.
The queen of soul music died on Thursday, at her home in Detroit, Michigan, at the age of 76.
“Aretha helped define the American experience,” former US president Barack Obama said.
“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.
“May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace.”
Donald Trump, US president, described the ‘I Say A Little Prayer’ singer as “a wonderful gift from God”.
Here are some Twitter reactions.
The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is dead. She was a great woman, with a wonderful gift from God, her voice. She will be missed!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2018
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. May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace. pic.twitter.com/bfASqKlLc5
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 16, 2018
Let’s all take a moment to give thanks for the beautiful life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years. She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever. Love Paul pic.twitter.com/jW4Gpwfdts
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) August 16, 2018
There will never be another Aretha Franklin. We love you, Queen. 🙏🏻 RIP
— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) August 16, 2018
My heart is so heavy from the sad news of Aretha Franklin’s passing today. I’m so thankful for the gifts she gave us. The absolute queen of soul influenced most female singers of our generation. She will live on in all of us forever 👑
— Leona Lewis (@leonalewis) August 16, 2018
The Queen of Soul 🕊️ Rest In Peace, Aretha Franklin pic.twitter.com/YhAPRwXNP6
— Marc Jacobs (@marcjacobs) August 16, 2018
Rest In Peace Aretha Franklin. She graciously lived a life that was full. She made girls know what it was like to be women. And so much more. #QueenOfSoul ✌️
— Sasha Grey (@SashaGrey) August 16, 2018
Aretha Franklin’s anthem of equality echoed around the world, inspiring activists, advocates, and ordinary people with her message that each one of us deserves to be valued and heard. She was an icon who used her voice to encourage us to raise our own. https://t.co/YOwvkF3wwF
— Melinda Gates (@melindagates) August 16, 2018
Precious Lord take Aretha’s hand and lead her home. We thank her for sharing with us, the gift you gave her. We thank you for giving us the gift of Ms. Aretha Franklin.
— Iyanla Vanzant (@IyanlaVanzant) August 16, 2018
Aretha Franklin QUEEN of Soul, voice of a generation, one of a kind,took no crap+she didn't fly, she wore fur 2 an inauguration & dared someone2 say something,she is now in the pantheon of Gods greats,in the busom of family. She was my friend,condolences 2her family&2 us all pic.twitter.com/ax6h48S27g
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) August 16, 2018
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