Singer Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

Aretha Franklin has died at the age of 76.

The legendary singer passed away in Detroit after a battle with cancer.

The unmistakable voice of the queen of soul who was named the number 1 singer of all time by Rolling Stone.

Her legacy stretches back to the 60s.

Throughout her career – she sold 75 million records, performed at 3 presidential inaugurations and won 18 grammy awards – including one for this duet.

She became the first woman inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame, received a star on the hollywood walk of fame and was awarded the Presidential medal of Freedom in 2005.

The music icon last performed in November.

Of her singing she said i’m using to the highest degree possible the gift that god gave me – I’m happy with that.