‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin dead at 76

‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin dead at 76

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NEW YORK – Music legend and one-time New York City resident Aretha Franklin has died at the age of 76.

The singer of such classic hits like “Respect” and “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” died Thursday at her Detroit home from advanced pancreatic cancer, according to her publicist.

Franklin was widely known as the Queen of Soul,  but her vocal range and ability led Rolling Stone magazine to crown her as the greatest singer of the rock era.

Her death marks the end of an amazing musical journey that spanned more than a half century.

News of her declining health this week prompted some straphangers in New York to put together an underground tribute.

The letters R-E-S-P-E-C-T were written on the wall of the Franklin Street station in TriBeCa.