August 16, 2018

Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Usher, Gladys Knight & More Pay Respect to Aretha Franklin [Tweets]

Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Usher, Gladys Knight & More Pay Respect to Aretha Franklin [Tweets]
Photo Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty

Early this morning (August 16, 2018) news broke that the legendary singer/musician Aretha Franklin passed away at the age of 76 after a long battle with cancer.  Celebrities from everywhere took to social media to pay their respects to the “Queen of Soul.”

Aretha Franklin black and white headshot
(Photo Credit: Hulton Archives/Getty)

Former President Barack Obama shared a heartfelt message on Twitter:

“Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade – our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace.”

Usher, Quincy Jones, Gladys Knight, Oprah Winfrey and more stars shared some kind words. Read their tweets below.

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