Published: Fri, August 17, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Trump, Obama, Clinton react to Aretha Franklin's death

Trump, Obama, Clinton react to Aretha Franklin's death

"The world is poorer for her not being here", he said.

The 76-year old singer, who won countless awards and sold over 75 million records, died at her home in Detroit on Thursday after suffering from pancreatic cancer.

The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin departed this mortal coil yesterday, and tributes to the legendary singer have been pouring in from all corners.

The Tonight Show on Thursday paid its respects to the late Aretha Franklin with a little help from Ariana Grande.

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Fans mourning the death of Franklin left balloons, flowers and mementos at Detroit's New Bethel Baptist Church, where as a child the star kicked off her storied career singing gospel. In 1987, she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2005 she was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's greatest honor. Given 20 minutes' notice, she delivered a deathless version of Nessun dorma in his steadHENNY RAY ABRAMS/AFP/Getty ImagesSinging Amazing Grace in Philadelphia in 2015.

- Franklin has performed at the inaugurations of Presidents Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and Barack Obama.

She had battled health issues in recent years and in 2017 announced her retirement from touring.

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