The world lost yet another of its greatest talents today as acclaimed singer Aretha Franklin has passed on.
The powerful voice that emanated from Franklin was something to behold, truly, as the singer can be seen commanding any room lucky enough to have felt her presence. She more than held her own in the presence of the greats before her, and had carved a path of power directly from art form she chose. Perhaps my fondest Franklin memory is her unforgettable performance in the comedy classic The Blues Brothers.
As expected, the nation, and the world at large, was saddened by the loss. Social media was ablaze on Thursday with tributes to the late icon, including a very special and heartfelt note from the President himself.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2018
Ivanka Trump also chimed in:
Aretha Franklin was an artistic genius and trailblazer whose gift to the world transcends time.
Long live the Queen of Soul as we pass her music on from generation to generation.
May she Rest In Peace.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) August 16, 2018
It wasn’t only political royalty that took a moment to acknowledge her passing either.
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
— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) August 16, 2018
Our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Aretha Franklin. A symbol of strength and soul that will live on in Detroit and beyond.
— Ford Motor Company (@Ford) August 16, 2018
— Gothamist (@Gothamist) August 16, 2018
We here at Constitution send our sincere condolences to the friends and family that Aretha left behind after this private battle with cancer.