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7 Thoughts About Life From Aretha Franklin (That Will Change Your Life)

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Known as the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin died on August 16th at 9:50am at her home in Detroit surrounded by family and friends. She was 76. According to a family statement, the "official cause of death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin's oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmamos Cancer Institute in Detroit."

Aretha started singing gospel music as a child at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister. In 1960, at the age of 18, she began recording for Columbia Records but didn't get the breakthrough she needed as an artist. After singing to Atlantic Records in 1967, Frankln achieved major success with some of her most famous songs such as "Respect", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", "Spanish Harlem" and "Think".
Fans of Franklin left flowers and a crown on her Hollywood Walk of Fame star in Los Angeles to honor h…