American gospel musician, Aretha Franklin is dead. She died at 76, according to a family statement released on Thursday.

Franklin died at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit, surrounded by family and friends, according to a statement from her longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn, on behalf of Franklin’s family.

The “official cause of death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin’s oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit,” the family statement said.

Aretha Franklin was a music icon, legendary singer and “Queen of Soul” loved by millions whose history-making career spanned six decades.

Tributes and tears flooded in Thursday after news of her death broke.

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