BREAKING: Aretha Franklin Passed Away at 76

We know that earlier this week Aretha Franklin was gravely ill and now it is being reported that she has passed away. 

The cause was advanced pancreatic cancer. 

A source told PEOPLE that she had been sick for a while and did not want anyone to know so she kept it private. 

In February of 2017 Aretha had told a Detroit TV station that she would be retiring from music that year. Now we know why. So sad. 

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