It was expected that she'd pass, she was reportedly in hospice surrounded by her loved ones since earlier this week, but it still sends chills down your spine to hear Aretha Franklin is dead. The Queen of Soul had been battling pancreatic cancer for a while and Thursday that battle ended.
Aretha was a piano prodigy - self taught- an incredible song writer, a vocalist like none other, and until the end unsurpassed and still considered the Queen of Soul.
Many news platforms stopped their regular programming to run special reports on the singer's death. Below is the live broadcast from CBSN.