Fox News Mixed up Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle During a Broadcast

Deanna Kelley
August 17, 2018

With news that Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul, has died this morning aged 76, tributes are pouring in online as fans celebrate a monumental figure who left her mark on both music and civil rights. The iconic singer - known for hits like "Respect" - passed away at her Detroit home after a battle with cancer.

Her family confirmed her death had been due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type.

"We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin's family and friends", a Fox News spokesperson said.

Many may not know it but the Queen of Soul's "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" was her first hit record.

"Thank you Aretha Franklin for getting me through tough days", Twitter user, Pablo, said. 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 hard time", the statement concluded.

In 2005, Franklin was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest award for an American civilian - by then-president George W. Bush.

Armstrong said: "I'm very sad because I'm going to miss her".

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The singer's final public performance was last November, when she sang at an Elton John AIDS Foundation gala in NY.

When Franklin recorded "Respect" on Valentine's Day in 1967, she kept most of the original lyrics but transformed the meaning of the song with the addition of a bridge and the call-and-response of her sisters.

We here at Clevver also want to send our honest condolences to Aretha's Franklin, and thank the Queen of Soul for giving us some of the most powerful anthems of our lives.

Originally written by her old friend Sam Cooke, to whome she refers throughout the song, the tune speaks to a deep longing of the soul. She sang at the inaugurations of Presidents Carter, Clinton and Obama. The station reported that Franklin had asked for prayers. She, too, shared a picture she had taken with Franklin herself. "She will be missed!" She sang and played magnificently and we all wept.

It was a fitting moment, as well, as Franklin worked tirelessly over the years, fighting for civil rights, her cover of the hit "Respect" becoming an anthem for the movement in the 1960's and for women's rights.

"For more than 50 years, she stirred our souls", Bill and Hillary Clinton said in a joint statement. She abruptly cancelled several shows and by past year, she announced she was retiring, saying she felt satisfied with her career but did not plan to simply "sit and do nothing".

Armstrong had his own tribute: "One thing I'm going to tell you about Aretha...she wasn't about no bull".

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