The entertainment industry is currently mourning the death of Aretha Franklin.

Considered one of the greatest singers of all time, the Queen of Soul has passed away at the age of 76. In tribute to the music icon, many celebrities have taken to social media to pay tribute by sharing a personal story of their encounter with Franklin.

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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. 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,” reads the statement from Franklin’s family.


The family added, “We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”

There’s no doubt that the legendary singer has made a huge impact with her influence over the years. It’s touching to read the outpouring of memories and appreciations from musical peers and those she impacted.

1. Justin Timberlake

2. John Legend

3. Barbra Streisand

4. Elton John

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The loss of Aretha Franklin is a blow for everybody who loves real music: Music from the heart, the soul and the Church. Her voice was unique, her piano playing underrated – she was one of my favourite pianists. I was fortunate enough to spend time with her and witness her last performance – a benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation at St John The Divine Cathedral. She was obviously unwell, and I wasn’t sure she could perform. But Aretha did and she raised the roof. She sang and played magnificently, and we all wept. We were witnessing the greatest soul artist of all time. I adored her and worshipped her talent. God bless her. My condolences to all her family and friends. We shared the same birthday – and that meant so much to me. The whole world will miss her but will always rejoice in her remarkable legacy. The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen. @arethasings #RIP #ArethaFranklin #QueenOfSoul @ejaf

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5. Tony Bennett

6. Faith Hill

7. Oprah Winfrey

8. Celine Dion

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I’m deeply saddened to learn that Aretha Franklin has passed. She was an unbelievable artist, who inspired me and millions of others. She was the most soulful and inspirational singer of our time… there will never be anyone like her. I had the great privilege of performing with Aretha… it was truly one of the greatest moments of my career. I send my prayers and condolences to her family and loved ones. – Céline xx… . Je suis profondément attristée d'apprendre le décès d’Aretha Franklin. C'était une artiste incroyable qui m'a influencée ainsi que des millions de gens. La reine de la soul et la chanteuse la plus inspirante de notre époque … il n'y aura jamais personne comme elle. J'ai eu le privilège de chanter avec Aretha … Assurément un des grands moments de ma carrière. Mes pensées et mes condoléances à sa famille et à ses proches. – Céline xx… . 📸 : Kevin Mazur

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9. Chaka Khan

10. Mariah Carey

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Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul. The Icon. The ultimate singers' singer. The greatest singer and musician of my lifetime. The power of your voice in music and in civil rights blew open the door for me and so many others. You were my inspiration, my mentor and my friend. You showed me I could sing the songs I wanted to sing and bring God with me. You've inspired millions everywhere yet never left home, never left church. Today the entire world mourns your home-going and celebrates all the brilliance you left behind. I will forever cherish the moments I spent in your presence. Your indelible impact was earned not only by your incomparable voice but by your bigger than life personality, wit and humor. I say a BIG prayer for you. You will forever have all our RESPECT. Love, Mariah ♥️

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11. Hugh Jackman

12. Kate Hudson

13. Ryan Seacrest 

14. Barrack Obama

15. Michelle Obama

Rest In Peace Ms Franklin, your legacy and music will live on and continue to inspire future generations.

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