Popular American singer, song writer and pianist Aretha Franklin died yesterday following a long battle with advanced pancreatic cancer.
Many celebrities worldwide have been pouring their condolences all over social media including American former president Barack Obama and our very own boy band Sauti Sol. However I know most of us the young generation have no clue about this woman that has been receiving all these praises on social media.
So here are five things you probably didn’t know about the singer;
She was a pastor’s daughter
Her religious back ground played a major role in her musical career as it all started from the church her father used to minister at, New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, just at a tender age.
“Respect”, one of the songs she is well known for was a cover
“Respect” is one of the songs she has really been popular for but surprisingly it wasn’t her own composition. She did perform well though and that’s probably why it blew up. The song was originally recorded by Otis Redding;
She had 18 Grammys
The “Respect” and chain of fools “hit maker” had received quite a good number of awards including 18 Grammys and 25 Gold records.
Her Father Rev Clarence La Vaughn was in a coma for 5 years
Aretha’s father was shot by burglars in 1979 and remained in a coma until 1984 when he finally lost his life. She rarely spoke about his life.
She died at an age of 76 years
The singer who is also widely referred to as the ‘Queen of Soul’ has died at a fairly old age of 72 years. She was born in March 25, 1942 up to August 16, 1018.
She died of cancer
The seventy six year old singer’s cause of death has been said to be advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type.