Aretha’s career spanned over 60 years and made her an icon of American music. During this time, she earned 18 Grammys and became the first ever woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
She was last seen performing in August 2017 at Elton John’s AIDS Foundation Party, where Showbiz 411 claimed she was “fighting exhaustion and dehydration”.
The same year, she was also forced to deny a death hoax, after fake news of her death spread online.
Aretha leaves behind four children. She gave birth to the eldest, Clarence, when she was just 12-years-old.