Aretha Franklin passes away: How the world reacts

Headlines 17/08/2018

It has been reported this morning that Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, and one of the greatest voices of our time, has passed away at age 76.

The soulstress was said to have been fighting pancreatic cancer for some time, but she remained touring up until as late as last year, and gave her final performance in November of the same year.

Her iconic career has seen her transcend the boundaries of race, gender, and social status, to become one of the defining performers of our time.

She sang at Martin Luther King Jr.'s funeral, performed at multiple presidential inaugurations, and was the first woman to ever be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Her legacy has been felt the world-over, and fans and celebrity tributes alike have been pouring in since the announcement of her illness.

Here are some of the notable figures who today, pay their respects to a legend:

Moi mai ra Aretha, you may have passed, but your legacy will live on forever.