You knew it was just a matter of time when word filtered through that she was in hospice care at her Detroit home, but the death of Aretha Franklin still hurts. A lot. I never met the Queen of Soul but she was far and away my favourite singer. And being born in the shadow of the Motor City, her sensational music reached my ears early and often. My love of soul and funk music comes from Aretha and James Brown, both gone now. And Aretha Franklin was far more than a singer, keyboard player and daughter of a minister. She was a tireless fighter for the rights of African-Americans and other minorities. A great, great human being who will be missed by so many.

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