Aretha Franklin Dies at 76

Memphis-born, soulful singer Aretha Franklin died at her home in Detroit on Thursday, The New York Times reports. Franklin won 18 Grammy Awards, placed numerous songs in the top 10 pop singles chart and won a lifetime achievement award in 1994. Her career as a musical artist lasted for five decades and spanned many genres- including gospel, soul and pop. Franklin's hits included numerous solo songs as well as duets, including tracks with Whitney Houston, Elton John and George Michael. She battled advanced pancreatic cancer until succumbing to it at age 76.

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