The former Beatle shared the following tribute via social media: "Let's all take a moment to give thanks for the lovely life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years. Her music gave us a greater sense of determination to never give up or give in, and to keep the faith".
Singers and musicians quickly flooded social media in mourning her passing, which came on the same day that fellow U.S. music giant Elvis Presley died at his home in Memphis, the city where Franklin was born, 41 years ago. "I've known [for] sometime about her condition, and I just prayed, even though the odds were very, very, very insane - when you think two out of 100 would succeed - [that she] would beat this thing".
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In a heartfelt tribute from the Obamas, the former president and his wife Michelle praised Franklin's "unmatched musicianship", which they said "helped define the American experience".
According to Franklin's publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, the music icon will be laid to rest beside her father, Reverend C.L. Franklin, brother Cecil Franklin, sisters Carolyn Franklin and Erma Franklin, and nephew Thomas Garrett.
"She's just been the Queen of Soul", Brian Pastoria said. "She really, really always loved Detroit". "Aretha is gone from our eyesight and the reach of our hand" but it's a happy day because she is in heaven.
While it previously has been reported that filming on the Franklin movie could start in 2019, Mason says a start date hasn't been set.
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"I picked up the phone and she cursed me out".
"We have nothing to be sad about because she gave us so much".
King was a good friend of her father, occasionally visiting Detroit to spend time in their home or at her father's New Bethel Baptist Church, Franklin told NPR in 1999.
"I love you Aretha, and that's a forever thing", he continued.
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Franklin died on the same day as both Elvis Presley and Babe Ruth, reuniting and forever connecting the Queen of Soul, the King of Rock and Roll and the Sultan of Swat.
To some people, the song's lyrics-Think about what you're trying to do to me-came across as a message with anti-Vietnam War connotations urging the US government to "think" about what it was doing, according to her autobiography.
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