Watch Now: Special Report- Aretha Franklin “Queen of Soul” dead at 76

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, has died, her publicist confirmed to CBS News. She was 76 years old.

The family said that the cause of death was confirmed by Franklin’s oncologist. Funeral arrangements would be announced “in the coming days,” the family said.

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“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,” Franklin’s family said in the statement. “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 prolific career spanned six decades and included hit songs like “Respect,” “A Natural Woman” and “I Say a Little Prayer.” Even in her 70s, she was still performing. In 2015, her performance of “A Natural Woman” at the Kennedy Center Honors brought President Barack Obama to tears.

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