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Aretha Franklin — the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and known as the “Queen of Soul” for powerful anthems like “Respect” and “Chain of Fools” — died Thursday morning at her home in Detroit. She was 76.

Franklin died of pancreatic cancer, the singer’s publicist said in a statement issued by the family.

“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,” the family said. “We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family.”

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Image: Aretha FranklinAretha Franklin in an undated portrait. RB / Redferns

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