Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin both died on August 16 – Long live the King and Queen

The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll and the Queen of Soul are united in death even as they were joined in superstardom in life.

Aretha Franklin died in Detroit at age 76 on Thursday — 41 years to the day that Elvis Presley succumbed to a heart attack at his Memphis estate Graceland in 1977 at age 43.

She also passed exactly 70 years after baseball legend Babe Ruth, the so-called Sultan of Swat, died in New York City at age 53.

And yes, Thursday also marks the 60th birthday of another pop music icon, Madonna, in the kind of sublime coincidence that should keep fans and conspiracy theorists active for years.

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Elvis Presley through the years
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Circa 1958, American singer and actor Elvis Presley (1935 - 1977) sits in a restaurant wearing his US Army uniform. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)
ELVIS PRESLEY -- Pictured: Singer Elvis Presley during a performance (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
GERMANY - FEBRUARY 1959: Rock and roll singer Elvis Presley signals that everything is ok during his tour of duty in Germany in February of 1959. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
GERMANY - FEBRUARY 1959: Rock and roll singer Elvis Presley poses for a portrait during his tour of duty in Germany in February of 1959. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
GERMANY - 1959: Rock and roll singer Elvis Presley wearing his US Army uniform during his tour of duty in 1959 in Germany. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
1959: Rock and roll musician Elvis Presley gets his hair shorn off in preparation for his tour of duty in in the United States Army in 1959 in Germany. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
(GERMANY OUT) Presley, Elvis*08.01.1935-16.08.1977+Singer, actor, USA - Elvis visits rock 'n' roller Bill Haley (l) in his dressing room during his Germany tour in Frankfurt (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Elvis Presley runs a comb through his famous tresses at the Draftee Receiving Depot here on March 24th. The songster is scheduled for a trip to the G. I. barber on March 25th, where the key to his locks will probably be found.
JUNE 24: Rock and roll singer Elvis Presley poses for a portrait with teddy bears to publicize the release of his record 'Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear' on June 24, 1957. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
CIRCA 1957: Rock and roll singer Elvis Presley poses for a portrait in circa 1957. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JANUARY 6: Rock and roll musician Elvis Presley performs on stage on the Ed Sullivan Show on January 6, 1957 in New York City, NY.(Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Singer Elvis Presley holding up actress Jennifer Holden, his co-star in the film 'Jailhouse Rock', as they spend time together in a swimming pool, circa 1957. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
American rock and roll singer and actor Elvis Presley (1935 - 1977) smiles as he stands with his hands in his pockets and a guitar around his shoulders during his second appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, New York, New York, October 28, 1956. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 1956: Photo of Elvis Presley during the filming of 'Love Me Tender' in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Portrait around 1966 of the American singer/actor Elvis PRESLEY. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: A portrait around 1966 of Elvis PRESLEY, the famous American singer/actor. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Las Vegas, Nev..Entertainer, Elvis Presley sits cheek to cheek wit his bride, the former Priscilla Ann Beaulieu, following their wedding May 1, 1967.
(Original Caption) 5/1/1967-Las Vegas, NV: Elvis Presley gives his new bride, Priscilla Ann Beaulieu, a kiss following their wedding. The bride wears a large diamond on her finger.
ELVIS: '68 COMEBACK SPECIAL -- Pictured: (l-r) Susan Henning as Blonde Girl, Elvis Presley during his '68 Comeback Special on NBC -- (Photo by: Frank Carroll/Gary Null/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
ELVIS: '68 COMEBACK SPECIAL -- Pictured: Elvis Presley during his '68 Comeback Special on NBC -- (Photo by: Frank Carroll/Gary Null/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 1: Rock and roll musician Elvis Presley during a press conference after his first performance at the International Hotel in Las vegas, Nevada on August 1, 1969. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
380450 08: President Richard Nixon shakes hands with Elvis Presley December 21, 1970 at the White House. (Photo by National Archive/Newsmakers)
Promotional headshot of actor and musician Elvis Presley, as he appears in the documentary film 'Elvis; That's The Way It Is', 1970. (Photo by Stanley Bielecki Movie Collection/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - JUNE 9: Entertainer Elvis Presley gives a press conference for his three day concert at Madison Square Garden on June 9, 1972 at New York Hilton Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
(Original Caption) Elvis is Back. New York: Elvis Presley, 37, tells one of his rare news conferences in New York that his gyrating performances of 15 years ago, which shocked thousands of parents and got him censored below the waist on television, were 'tame compared to what they're doing now.' He said, 'All I did was jiggle.'
Elvis Presley (Photo by Tom Wargacki/WireImage)
(GERMANY OUT) Presley, Elvis *08.01.1935-16.08.1977+Saenger, Schauspieler, USA - Comeback-Konzert im International CenterHawaii 'That's the way it is' (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
circa 1975: American rock singer Elvis Presley (1935 - 1977), wearing a white rhinestone-studded suit and strapped guitar, singing into a microphone with his eyes closed. (Photo by Fotos International/Getty Images)
Elvis Presley (Photo by Tom Wargacki/WireImage)
Elvis Presley with girlfriend Linda Thompson (Photo by Tom Wargacki/WireImage)
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Franklin, the R&B singer who rose to fame in the 1960s with hits like “Respect” and “(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman,” died Thursday after a long battle with diabetes and other ailments.

During her career, Franklin won 18 Grammys, including a lifetime achievement award in 1994. She was also the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Many others noted the strange coincidence while paying tribute to Franklin. “Ms. Franklin gave joy to millions by using her talent to the fullest,” wrote Bill O’Reilly.

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World reacts to death of Aretha Franklin
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There is a bright FLAME about to go out , ONLY GOD KNOW WHEN Say a prayer and let her go -deep Breath
My thoughts, my heart and my prayers are with Aretha Franklin, the greatest singer of all time, and all of her loved ones right now. ❤
The loss of @ArethaFranklin is a blow for everybody who loves real music: Music from the heart, the soul and the Ch… https://t.co/B2hyd3jckZ
Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul. The Icon. The ultimate singers' singer. The greatest singer and musician of my… https://t.co/wIsc0Ktobs
You showed me I could sing the songs I wanted to sing and bring God with me. You've inspired millions everywhere ye… https://t.co/y0eJRdakP8
I will forever cherish the moments I spent in your presence. Your indelible impact was earned not only by your inco… https://t.co/FIWV1M0iOF
Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade… https://t.co/hUcQpbdydq
Mourning the loss today of @ArethaFranklin who shared her spirit and talent with the world. She deserves not only o… https://t.co/a5lZIFYMCL
Salute to the Queen. The greatest vocalist I've ever known. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 #Aretha
Like people all around the world, Hillary and I are thinking about Aretha Franklin tonight & listening to her music… https://t.co/ZOiopFEYeU
This photo was taken in 2012 when Aretha & I performed at a tribute celebration for our friend Marvin Hamlisch. It’… https://t.co/cwLCGbVVmP
Love and prayers for Aretha Franklin. The most soulful angelic voice that ever was. You are the queen and we love you. ❤️
Lucky enough to have seen Aretha live exactly once, and this was it. Thank you for the music, we will be listening… https://t.co/tMwKepFLYl
The @AmericanIdol fam had the great privilege of working with the iconic Aretha Franklin for a special ep in Detroi… https://t.co/UZ4mbEMbq7
Aretha.
Goodbye Ms. Aretha. You were my idol. The greatest singer of all time. Every note you sang was pure and authentic… https://t.co/NQkPqu1OHu
R.I.P. Aretha Franklin Queen Of Soul 🙏🏿
We mourn the passing of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul. Her voice will keep lifting us, through the music she g… https://t.co/GzNto6ldXn
RIP Aretha Franklin
My prayers are with Aretha Franklin & her family during this difficult time 🙏🏾 LOOK BELOW @ what I tweeted at the t… https://t.co/O33cqaJ1RG
RIP Aretha Franklin. Trailblazer, icon, and Queen. Thank you, thank you, thank you. #RESPECT
RIP Aretha Franklin, a true great. Thank you for your music x
Queen. My Queen, We Are Singing You A Sunrise. Surrounding You with Love & Light @ArethaFranklin... Queen. OUR QUEE… https://t.co/Z44Ig82DMq
Rest In Peace to the Queen #ArethaFranklin #QueenofSoul 🙏🏽 https://t.co/99aDN8UfSO
RIP #ArethaFranklin - you changed music forever and will be remembered as one of the all time greats. The world has… https://t.co/v41oZryF2j
RIP Aretha Franklin what a voice x
There will NEVER be another Aretha Franklin. Only those inspired by her as they reach for the impossible. https://t.co/9iYaGo0ZoW
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