Capitol Hill and the political world is mourning the loss of Aretha Franklin, with President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE and former Presidents Obama and Clinton among those saying the “Queen of Soul” will “live on forever through her music.”
Franklin died Thursday at 76 at her home in Detroit, according to a statement from her family released to news outlets.
The “Respect” singer — an 18-time Grammy Award winner — racked up a massive number of hits and honors during her more-than-50-year career.
A Kennedy Center Honoree, Franklin was also the awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. In 1999, President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonBusiness coalition aims to provide jobs to Afghan refugees Biden nominates ex-State Department official as Export-Import Bank leader Obamas, Bushes and Clintons joining new effort to help Afghan refugees MORE honored the performer with the National Medal of the Arts.
Trump, using his preferred medium of Twitter, said Franklin "was a great woman" with a "wonderful" voice.
The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is dead. She was a great woman, with a wonderful gift from God, her voice. She will be missed!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2018
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Aretha Franklin was an artistic genius and trailblazer whose gift to the world transcends time.— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) August 16, 2018
Long live the Queen of Soul as we pass her music on from generation to generation.
May she Rest In Peace.
In an official statement, former President Obama and Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaWe must mount an all-country response to help our Afghan allies Obamas, Bushes and Clintons joining new effort to help Afghan refugees Bidens, former presidents mark 9/11 anniversary MORE, for whom Franklin performed multiple times, said that "America has no royalty. But we do have a chance to earn something more enduring."
"Through her compositions and unmatched musicianship, 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," the Obamas said.
Bill and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty Attorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation MORE called Franklin “one of America’s greatest national treasures.”
“I’ll always be grateful for her kindness and support, including her performances at both my inaugural celebrations, and for the chance to be there for what sadly turned out to be her final performance last November at a benefit supporting the fight against HIV/AIDS,” the Clintons said in a statement to ABC News.
Former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderChristie, Pompeo named co-chairs of GOP redistricting group Democrats look to state courts as redistricting battle heats up On The Trail: Census kicks off a wild redistricting cycle MORE said he was "fortunate to know" the late entertainer "and she was always exceedingly kind and generous to me — for that I will be forever grateful."
Franklin surprised Holder with a performance at the Justice Department's going-away party for him in 2015.
"It is hard to imagine that that unique, soulful and almost otherworldly voice has been stilled. Aretha Franklin made us feel her work, she moved us," Holder said in a statement, adding, "Rest in peace my Queen."
Michigan Rep. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellVirginia Democrat introduces tax credit for electric commercial vehicles More than 100 Democrats back legislation lowering Medicare eligibility age to 60 The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by AT&T - Texas's near abortion ban takes effect MORE (D), who’s married to former Rep. John DingellJohn DingellRep. Dingell hospitalized for surgery on perforated ulcer Races heat up for House leadership posts Democrats flubbed opportunity to capitalize on postal delays MORE (D-Mich.), said “John and I lost a friend” in a statement.
“Aretha’s father was a true friend to John, helping him in his first election and fighting Civil Rights battles together in the 50s and 60s. Aretha was just a friend to me — there if I ever needed her. Aretha was complicated, loving and giving. Faith was important to her and the Church never left her. Her faith in Detroit and its people is what I will remember as much as her voice.”
Praise for Franklin transcended party lines, with senators on both sides of the aisle remembering the music legend.
NEW: Rep. John LewisJohn LewisHarris, CBC put weight behind activist-led National Black Voter Day Budowsky: High stakes drama for Biden, Manchin, Sinema Stacey Abrams backs Senate Democrats' voting rights compromise MORE on Aretha Franklin: “When she sang, she embodied what we were fighting for, and her music strengthened us...When we would be released from jail after a non-violent protest, we might go to a late night club and let the music of Aretha Franklin fill our hearts" pic.twitter.com/jHvPWwEPJY— ABC News (@ABC) August 16, 2018
Aretha Franklin was a towering icon for women’s rights and civil rights who will live on in our souls forever. Rest in peace. https://t.co/lR3syyTmbV— Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandHochul tells Facebook to 'clean up the act' on abortion misinformation after Texas law Democratic senators request probe into Amazon's treatment of pregnant employees The FBI comes up empty-handed in its search for a Jan. 6 plot MORE (@SenGillibrand) August 16, 2018
The heavenly choir just got more soulful.— Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Tight security for Capitol rally; Biden agenda slows Trump offers sympathy for those charged with Jan. 6 offenses Lindsey Graham: Police need 'to take a firm line' with Sept. 18 rally attendees MORE (@LindseyGrahamSC) August 16, 2018
May the 'Queen of Soul' Rest in Peace.
Awesome life. https://t.co/MC4lccjEe4
Aretha Franklin’s imprint on American culture will ring on through generations. She’s inspired generations of singers, songwriters, and Americans. The world is better because of her. https://t.co/BMdeWoT3Gr— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) August 16, 2018
Lawmakers lauded Franklin’s distinct voice, which she used to belt out hits including “ I Say a Little Prayer” and “(You Make me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”
Thank you for sharing your beautiful voice with the world. Rest in Peace, Aretha Franklin. https://t.co/h114efxd7F— Mimi Walters (@RepMimiWalters) August 16, 2018
The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, will live forever through her music and our fond memories. May she rest in peace. https://t.co/VHKhCEgtlL— Rep. Donald McEachinAston (Donale) Donald McEachinNearly 200 House Democrats call for focus on clean energy tax credits in reconciliation End the practice of hitting children in public schools Political disenfranchisement is fueling environmental injustice MORE (@RepMcEachin) August 16, 2018
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So sad to hear of the passing of @ArethaFranklin. She was a bridge who brought soul to the whole world "like a natural woman." One of America's great artists.— Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyHow lawmakers aided the Afghan evacuation Overnight Defense & National Security — Congress begins Afghanistan grilling Connolly rips Wilson over 'you lie' during Blinken hearing MORE (@GerryConnolly) August 16, 2018
Other lawmakers pointed to Franklin's music as a unifying force in an often-divided country.
Today, the world lost a LEGEND. I join millions in mourning the loss of #ArethaFranklin - the Queen of Soul. Her music and her advocacy inspired us to be a better, more inclusive, and more soulful nation. May she rest in peace, and may her legacy long live on. https://t.co/36O207AVPU— Rep. Stephanie MurphyStephanie MurphyConservative group targets Spanberger, Luria in new ads ahead of reconciliation bill Failed drug vote points to bigger challenges for Democrats Democrats brace for toughest stretch yet with Biden agenda MORE (@RepStephMurphy) August 16, 2018
She raised her voice when women weren’t heard, she demanded #respect when women got none. She was a powerful black woman when black women were denied any power. Join me today in remembering Aretha Franklin – there will never be another like her #RestInPower— Rep. Terri A. Sewell (@RepTerriSewell) August 16, 2018
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—Updated at 12:20 p.m.