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In a video package highlighting the star's most memorable moments, there is a picture of Franklin on the left and the dates of her life with an image of Patti LaBelle in the top right corner.

"You truly moved, inspired and changed the entire meaning of soul forever".

According to news reports in NPR Music and the Washington Post, Franklin's representative Gwendolyn Quinn confirmed the death to the Associated Press and said the cause was pancreatic cancer.

Ariana wasn't the only singer paying tribute to the Queen of Soul. She had already released Respect, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman and Think.

"You know, for the last couple of days, it has not been good".

But for the singer's fame and fortune, she never abandoned them.

"I had written "Freeway of Love" for myself", Walden told Billboard in 2003.

They hailed Franklin for her talent and contribution to modern American society after former president Barack Obama said she graced people "with a glimpse of the divine" when she sang.

She also recalled receiving a call from Franklin, who wanted to have her nephew or grandson send her his music.

A particularly prized outfit, she said, was a gold coat in which she would take her final bow and indulge her audience with an encore.

The image is from a 2014 performance at the White House, where she sang for former US president Barack Obama and Michelle Obama.

Singers and musicians quickly flooded social media in mourning her passing, which came on the same day that fellow United States music giant Elvis Presley died at his home in Memphis, the city where Franklin was born, 41 years ago. The Queen of Soul. She understood her progress was our progress, her success was our success, and when the door opened for her, it opened for us as well. "There wasn't a single corner of the world that didn't rise and swing to her music".

The actor revealed that Franklin was conscious but unable to communicate during his visit, but he said he knew she was aware of his presence.