Aretha Franklin was not in the limelight as much during her final years, as she battled pancreatic cancer. She succumbed to the disease on Thursday. She was 76.
With her powerful voice and hit singles such as "Think" and "Respect," Franklin cemented her place in music and African-American history as the Queen of Soul during her more than 60-year music career.
"I'm not ever going to retire," she told PBS NewsHour in 2015. "That's— that wouldn't be good, for one, just to go somewhere and sit down and do nothing. Please. No, that's not moi."
But Franklin's health had been in decline for almost a decade and had promoted her to cancel many tour dates over the years.