Aretha Franklin Dead At 76

The influential singer has passed away after fighting off a long illness.

(AllHipHop News) Legendary singer Aretha Franklin passed away today (August 16) at the age of 76.

On Monday (August 13), the soul legend hit headlines worldwide, with reports suggesting she was "gravely ill" and her friends and family were by her beside in Detroit, Michigan, as she fought for her life.

Aretha was receiving hospice care, and Respect hitmaker confirmed to People that she had been ill "for a long time."

The singer announced she was retiring from touring in 2017, and her final performance took place at the Elton John AIDS Foundation benefit in New York in November.

Earlier this year, she was forced to cancel a string of shows on doctors' orders.

Franklin previously battled a bout of ill health in 2010, when she secretly underwent surgery to remove a tumor.