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
The “Respect” and "Think" singer won 18 Grammy Awards and was a pioneer in breaking down barriers for African-American women musicians in her more than six-decade-long career.
Politicians from across the political spectrum offered condolences for Franklin, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor, in 2005.