'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin has died

'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies at 76

DETROIT — The publicist for Aretha Franklin says the Queen of Soul died Thursday at her home in Detroit, according to the Associated Press.

Tom Joyner, a nationally syndicated radio host and friend of Franklin's, said Monday that Franklin has been in hospice care for a week, according to The Detroit News.

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Franklin had announced plans to retire from touring in February 2017 to focus on her family and a few select projects, the News reported

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<p> FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2017 file photo, Aretha Franklin attends the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 25th Anniversary Gala in New York. Franklin is canceling a concert that would have taken place on her 76th birthday due to doctor’s orders. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File) </p>

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2017 file photo, Aretha Franklin attends the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 25th Anniversary Gala in New York. Franklin is canceling a concert that would have taken place on her 76th birthday due to doctor’s orders. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

"I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from, and where it is now," Franklin told WDIV in 2017. "I'll be pretty much satisfied, but I'm not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing. That wouldn't be good either."

Franklin has canceled several concerts this year due to health issues, Fox13Memphis reported. According to The Associated Press, "she was ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest up."

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