Aretha Frankin Dead at 76

Such sad news to report -- TMZ says that Aretha Franklin has passed away at the age of 76. The Queen of Soul lost her battle with cancer on Thursday.

TMZ reports:

"Sources close to the singer tell us ... Aretha passed away in her Detroit home where she was under hospice care. She'd been in failing health for many months and she was down to 86 pounds. One source told us he was informed more than a week ago that Aretha could go at any time.

She was surrounded by friends and family when she passed."

Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

Check out her performance from the 2009 inauguration below, plus some of her best moments with pal Oprah, as well her classic 'Respect.'

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