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It is with a heavy, sad heart that we have the news of the passing of Aretha Franklin.

Ms Franklin lost her long battle with cancer.  Aretha Franklin had been in failing health after her long battle with pancreatic cancer.   Her passing this morning was how she wanted it.   At home with family and loved ones, under the care of Hospice.

Aretha put up quite a fight, but in the end she was down to 86 pounds, her family were told last week that she could go at any time.   One source said that she was watching tv news reports and saw how so many were praying for her, and even long time friend Stevie Wonder visited her and that gave her such comfort.

Dubbed the Queen of Soul  she began singing in her fathers church in Detroit.  She was such a powerhouse gospel singer that she landed a record deal with Columbia records in the early 60's and things took off from there.

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