The world has lost a member of music royalty.
Aretha Franklin, the 18-time Grammy-winning "Queen of Soul," has died. The late legend passed away at home in Detroit on Thursday morning "surrounded by family and loved ones," the star's publicist confirmed in a statement to E! News. She was 76 years old.
"In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds," the statement read.
Reports emerged of her failing health earlier this week as family members and sources close to Franklin revealed to the press that she was very ill. As Franklin's publicist ultimately confirmed on Thursday, the star died from advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type per her oncologist.