Celebrities and fans alike have written accolades after Aretha Franklin died at her home in Detroit on Thursday, her publicist confirmed to The Associated Press in a statement.
Reports that the singer was seriously ill surfaced earlier this week and many celebrity fans and friends ― including Missy Elliott, Bill Clinton and Al Sharpton ― sent messages wishing the singer well.
At a concert stop in Detroit on Monday, Beyoncé and Jay-Z also honoured Franklin.
“We love you and thank you,” Beyoncé said after dedicating the show to the beloved singer.
Comments that came in after news of her death surfaced the internet shows that she will be sorely missed:
Aretha Franklin could turn a living room into a concert hall, just hearing her voice on the stereo filled the room in a way few other singers could.
She turned your couch into a seat at Radio City Music Hall. She turned the passenger seat in your car into a ticket to The Apollo.
— Clint Smith (@ClintSmithIII) August 16, 2018
"Legend" doesn't even begin to tell the story of Aretha Franklin. Glad she at least got a glimpse of how much she meant to the world while she was still with us. RIP, Ms. Franklin. #Respect pic.twitter.com/5wTwHmkXGu
— 🇺🇸🇭🇹 Only4RM 🇭🇹🇺🇸 (@Only4RM) August 16, 2018
Salute to the Queen. The greatest vocalist I've ever known. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 #Aretha
— John Legend (@johnlegend) August 16, 2018
We mourn the passing of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul. Her voice will keep lifting us, through the music she gave the world. Our thoughts are with her family, her loved ones and fans everywhere. Take her hand, precious Lord, and lead her home. 🎶 pic.twitter.com/I84HTEVZU1
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) August 16, 2018
Ya’ll just taking all of our legends….but I guess that’s what makes them legends. RIP Aretha Franklin 🙏🏾 can’t even say how much soul you blessed this earth with.
— Khalil Underwood (@RealKhalilU) August 16, 2018