BREAKING: Aretha Franklin Has Died at Age 76


Aretha Franklin, lovingly known as the Queen of Soul, has died at her home in Detroit at age 76, according to her publicist.

A longtime friend told PEOPLE that the Respect singer had been "ill for a long time" and that she "did not want people to know."

Over the course of her incredible career, Franklin won 18 Grammys out of 44 nominations, and had 77 Hot 100 chart entries. She became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and was later named the Greatest Singer of All Time by Rolling Stone.

RIP to an absolute legend.