Entertainment August 17, 2018 at 09:10 am

Africans pay heartfelt tributes to ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin

Francis Akhalbey | Content Manager

Francis Akhalbey August 17, 2018 at 09:10 am

August 17, 2018 at 09:10 am | Entertainment

Aretha Franklin

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, sadly passed away on Thursday at her home in Detroit after a lengthy illness. She succumbed to her battle with pancreatic cancer surrounded by her family and friends.

Her death follows her hospitalization at a Detroit hospital last week after her illness got serious. She was later discharged and reported to be responding positively to treatment at home until she kicked the bucket.

A great role model and loveable personality, Aretha’s music touched the lives of many and also inspired others to take up the profession especially at a time when people of colour were marginalized and relegated to the background.

Aretha wasn’t just popular in the United States, she was a global superstar, and the announcement of her death on Thursday saw fans and prominent people from all walks of life paying tribute to the ‘Queen of Soul’.

Here’s how some well-known African personalities and celebrities reacted to her death:

Q.U.E.E.N. Rest well

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Rest well @arethasings #arethafranklin ❤❤❤ QUEEN OF SOUL

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?Thank you Queen Aretha. Rest In perfect peace ?

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RIPP QUEEN Aretha Franklin ??

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Rip Aretha Franklin. One of the best vocalists of all time, an embodiment of greatness. ? #QueenofSoul

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