Soul music legend Aretha Franklin died on Thursday at her home in Detroit after a lengthy illness. Her publicist told The Associated Press in a statement that she succumbed to her battle with pancreatic cancer surrounded by her family and friends. Her health has been on a decline since at least 2011 but the singer has been notoriously private about her personal affairs.
As expected, there has been an outpour of tributes from friends, family and fans of the late Queen of Soul and artists have not been left out of the fray as they exhibit stunning works of art in honour of the queen of soul. Below are some that caught our attention.
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— ???tara nicole (@nicoledessine) August 17, 2018
Aretha Franklin pic.twitter.com/9xNtoMemOc
— W o l f ~ T o t e m (@CanisLupus003) August 17, 2018
— Mexican Judge (@laloalcaraz) August 16, 2018
Popular actor Jim Carrey, who in recent times has been expressing his political opinions through his paintings also tweeted a painting he made of the late Aretha on his twitter page.
Look how beautiful a life can be. Thank you, Aretha! pic.twitter.com/GpYGrq75mh
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) August 16, 2018
Franklin was expected to perform at two concerts in April and March this year which were later cancelled. The last time she appeared in public was at the Elton John AIDS Foundation party in New York last November and her last performance was in Philadelphia in August 2017.
Indeed, Aretha Franklin is a force to reckoned with. Her life must be documented and possibly filmed for proper preservation. The legend will live on years after her lifetime.
Enjoy more lovely artworks of the Queen of Soul:
Queen of Soul (1942-2018), RIP. pic.twitter.com/GGwcodlTYA
— #WOMENSART (@womensart1) August 16, 2018
The Queen of Soul, the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and one of the greatest singers of all time, Aretha Franklin will be missed. Rest in Peace.
— DeviantArt (@DeviantArt) August 16, 2018
— Dan Lacey (@PainterPancakes) August 14, 2018
— MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art (@MuseumModernArt) August 16, 2018