Aretha Franklin is dead.
According to CNN, the singer whose gospel-rooted and bluesy singing earned her the prestigious “the Queen of Soul,” died at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit, surrounded by family and friends.
The “official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin’s oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit,” said the statement shared on behalf of Franklin’s family from her longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn.
This comes three days after the singer fell gravelly ill.
Aretha Franklin had battled numerous health problems for years and had had to cancel her concerts last summer after doctors recommended that she took some rests.
In 2011, news surfaced that the 76-year-old soul legend was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, but she surfaced later to shut down the report. She last performed on November 2 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York, although she had announced that 2017 would be her last year “in concert.”
Two days ago, she was moved from the hospital to a home, surrounded by family and friends, where she finally died.
“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds,” Franklin’s family said.
The statement continued, “We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”
She was 76.