Stars react to death of Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin: 'Greatest vocalist I've ever known'

Tributes are pouring in for the late, great Aretha Franklin, who passed away this week at the age of 76.

"Salute to the Queen," tweeted John Legend after learning of Franklin's passing. "The greatest vocalist I've ever known."

Barbra Streisand also weighed in, writing, "It’s difficult to conceive of a world without her. Not only was she a uniquely brilliant singer, but her commitment to civil rights made an indelible impact on the world."

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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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While many of those mourning Franklin's death are fellow artists, her impact was felt well beyond the music industry.

"Trailblazer, icon, and Queen," mused soccer star Mia Hamm. "Thank you, thank you, thank you."

News of Franklin's waning health emerged days before her death, eliciting reactions and well-wishings from famous faces across the globe.

"Like people all around the world, Hillary and I are thinking about Aretha Franklin tonight & listening to her music that has been such an important part of our lives the last 50 years," President Bill Clinton wrote. "We hope you’ll lift her up by listening and sharing her songs that have meant the most to you."

Days before her death, the icon received a visit in hospice from Stevie Wonder, who reportedly said his goodbyes to his longtime friend.

In addition to Wonder, Franklin collaborated with countless artists over the years, including Elton John, James Brown, Tony Bennett and Ray Charles.

Franklin died in Detroit after years of private health battles.

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Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin together
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146027 08: (NO NEWSWEEK - NO USNEWS) Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson and Diana Ross stand with a crowd in front of the Lincoln Memorial January 17, 1993 in Washington, DC. Numerous musicians and performers gathered in front of the Memorial to celebrate the inauguration of President Bill Clinton. (Photo by Cynthia Johnson/Liaison)
Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder during 2006 Trumpet Awards - Show at Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. (Photo by Moses Robinson/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 07: Singers Aretha Franklin (L) and Stevie Wonder perform onstage at the 10th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on September 7, 2005 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 07: Singers Aretha Franklin (L) and Stevie Wonder onstage at the 10th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on September 7, 2005 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Singers Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder perform together during the finale of VH1's "Divas Live: The One and Only Aretha Franklin" a live televised concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall, April 10, 2001.
Musicians Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder sing together at the BET Honors in Washington January 14, 2012. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 13: Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin attend the BET Honors 2012 Pre-Honors dinner at the Corcoran Gallery of Art on January 13, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
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