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The Queen of Soul has left the music world hurting. Soul icon Aretha Franklin has died today (August 16) at the age of 76.

According to Franklin’s publicist, she passed away Thursday in Detroit following days of celebrity prayers.

Earlier in the week, music superstars JAY-Z and Beyoncé paid tribute to Franklin during a Detroit concert.

Queen B made the sweet tribute after performing the opening number at Ford Field. “This show is dedicated to Aretha Franklin,” she said, per the concert venue. According to the Detroit Free Press she then added, “We love you” and thanked the legendary singer for the “beautiful music.” The news outlet also reported the couple’s opener, DJ Khaled, played Franklin’s hit “Respect,” generating roars of applause from the audience. The concert location was a special one as the “Natural Woman” singer grew up in Detroit and lives in Michigan. (E! Online)

This week, various musicians from Missy Elliott to Q-Tip have sent prayers to Franklin.

A few days ago, reports emerged about Aretha being gravely ill and possibly dealing with cancer.

A source very close to Aretha and a longtime dear friend tells TMZ he was told a week ago, “Prepare yourself, she’s dying.” The source adds Aretha was down to 86 pounds and her health was failing. The source says 2 weeks ago everyone in Aretha’s circle was told “she could go any time.” Another source — someone who has been close to Aretha for decades — tells TMZ she has been battling cancer. (TMZ)