Watch the Aretha Franklin performance that brought Barack Obama to tears

Watch the Aretha Franklin performance that brought Barack Obama to tears

Fox News issued a confusing apology after the network showed an image of Patti LaBelle during a segment meant to honor the life of Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday at the age of 76.

The cultural icon, whose 1967 signature song, "Respect", became a rallying cry for the USA civil rights movement, passed away in Detroit, Michigan on Thursday morning after battling advanced pancreatic cancer.

"Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Aretha Franklin", the Lions said.

Although Aretha was never signed to the Motown label, she was part of the Motown family.

Sir Elton John was among the first of Franklin's peers to pay tribute following her death.

She won 18 Grammy Awards and had global success with songs like "Respect", "Spanish Harlem" and "Natural Woman".

The Museum will also have a guest book available to sign, which will be sent to Aretha's family.

Barbra Streisand shared a photo of her and Franklin from 2012, tweeting: "It's hard to conceive of a world without her".

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She would sing at King's funeral a decade later. The following year, Rolling Stone magazine named her the greatest singer of all time.

"For more than six decades. every time she sang, we were all graced with a glimpse of the divine".

"Salute to the Queen".

Franklin's music also helped serve as a springboard for a number of young guitarists who later became legends themselves. The hugely influential singer had been suffering from pancreatic cancer, according to her publicist. "I'm feeling wonderful, I'm feeling great and I couldn't be feeling any better than I'm feeling right now", she assured Williams without getting into specifics. "It's one of the hardest things I have ever had to do, lose the weight and the cigarettes", she told Jet in 2007.

"She was our sister and our friend".

Former US president Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary paid tribute to "one of America's greatest national treasures".

"She will forever be the Queen of Soul and so much more to all who knew her personally and through her music".

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