Aretha Franklin Dead: Diana Ross, John Legend & More Pay Tribute

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Aretha Franklin was one of music's timeless icons and her presence will certainly be missed dearly, as per the number of stars that have come together to pay homage to the Queen of Soul on Thursday (August 16). As you probably have heard, one of the pioneers of soul and R&B passed away on Thursday morning after complications with pancreatic cancer. Early word of Franklin's death took the blogosphere by storm on Sunday after Showbiz 411 reportedly that the icon was "gravely ill" and surrounded by her family and loved ones. She was 76.

Among the names that have come forward to pay tribute to Franklin, include Shonda Rhimes, John Legend, and Ryan Seacrest. Scroll on below to see the others that have honored the beloved singer!

Oh queen oh queen how I cry to see you go. Like so many others I share the sadness of this loss. A true inspiration, a constant listen in my youth. I remember going deep into her B sides and live performances, always in awe of her ability. To discover the effortlessness of her gift, to take it in and experience the tones that shaped my love for singing. Her instrument like no other. Magic, pure magic. Thank you Aretha.

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