Aretha Franklin has died aged 76

And Miami's own musical queen, Gloria Estefan, added her heartfelt tribute: "For as long as I can remember, Aretha Franklin has been the absolute zenith, the guiding light, the master for any girl that aspired to sing or even just appreciated someone at the top of their game".

The "Queen of Soul" died Thursday, August 16, at age 76. According to a family statement given to the Associated Press, "Franklin's official cause of death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type". We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family, ' the family said.

Aretha Louise Franklin sold over 75 million records over her career, won 18 Grammy awards, and was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. With a distinct voice that set her apart from her contemporaries and the many that attempted to follow in her footsteps, Aretha Franklin's music has formed a part of some of our most tender memories.

Last year, the multiple Grammy award victor announced her plans to retire.

The Museum will also have a guest book available to sign, which will be sent to Aretha's family. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on.

They said in a statement: "For more than 50 years, she stirred our souls". Her voice was unique, her piano playing underrated - she was one of my favourite pianists.

Franklin performed at President Barack Obama's Presidential Inauguration Ceremony in 2009. "Through her compositions and unmatched musicianship, Aretha helped define the American experience".

John goes on share that he "adored her and worshipped her talent".

Franklin tackles some of the finest songs recorded by female artists in from 1954 to 2010, in an album titled "Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics".

As news broke of her failing health, celebrities including Ciara, Missy Elliott and Mariah Carey tweeted that they were praying for her. News of her illness first emerged after the singer performed in November 2017 for Elton John's Aids Foundation concert.

"Aretha may have passed on to a better place, but the gift of her music remains to inspire us all", the couple wrote. Her chart dominance with singles like "Natural Woman", "Baby I Love You", "Chain of Fools" and "I Say a Little Prayer" earned her the title Queen of Soul. She was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.

Earlier this year, music producer Clive Davis revealed that Jennifer Hudson would star in an upcoming biopic about Franklin's life.