The former United States first couple Barack and Michelle Obama has likened Aretha Franklin’s singing to a glimpse of the divine. The former president’s office released a statement in which he described her compositions and unmatched musicianship as helping to define the American experience. “The Queen of Soul” was reported to be gravely ill and receiving hospice care at her home in Detroit earlier this week. A statement from her family said she passed away on Thursday morning surrounded by family and loved ones, confirming that her official cause of death was advanced pancreatic cancer.
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