Soul icon Aretha Franklin. (Photo: Google Images)









The world has gone silent with news that Queen of Soul and Rock and  Roll Hall of Famer Aretha Franklin has died. Franklin has sold millions of albums and is known for her seminal songs, “Respect,” and “Chain of Fools,” died this morning following a battle with cancer.  See ABC Chicago‘s story below:

This story is developing. Rest in power to the Queen of Soul.

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