Related Programs: Morning EditionWorld Cafe The 'Queen Of Soul,' Aretha Franklin, Dies At 76 By Michael Black • Aug 16, 2018 Related Programs: Morning EditionWorld Cafe TweetShareGoogle+Email Aretha Franklin passes at age 76. Credit EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS / GETTY IMAGES Aretha Franklin, the "Queen of Soul," died Thursday in her home city of Detroit after battling pancreatic cancer. Her death was confirmed by her publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn. She was 76. Complete story and more. Tags: Aretha FranklinQueen of SoulTweetShareGoogle+EmailView the discussion thread.