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Tributes immediately started pouring in from those who were lucky enough to know Franklin and those who admired and appreciated all that the legend did for the music industry. Elton John declared Franklin’s death a “blow for everybody who loves real music.”
Clive Davis, who executive-produced many of her successful records after she left Atlantic Records in 1979, mourned the loss of his longtime friend and collaborator.
Barack Obama and Michelle Obama wrote touching tributes.
President Trump called Franklin “a great woman.”
Hillary Clinton tweeted, “She deserves not only our RESPECT but also our lasting gratitude for opening our eyes, ears and hearts.”
While Diana Ross said she’s “sitting in prayer” for Franklin’s spirit.
John Legend declared Franklin “the greatest vocalist I’ve ever known.”
Soul singer Sam Moore released the following statement: “Aretha Franklin and I have been friends and label mates for more than sixty years. I adored her and I know the feelings were mutual. While I’m heartbroken that she’s gone I know she’s in the Lord’s arms and she’s not in pain or suffering anymore from the damn cancer that took her away from us. I’m going to hope, pray and count on the fact that I will see her again sometime. Rest in the Lord’s arms in love, Re.”
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