According to a statement issued by the late-singer's family, Franklin died at her home in Detroit the morning of August 16 after fighting an ongoing battle with pancreatic cancer.
"Franklin's official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin's oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karamonos Cancer Institute," the family said in the statement.
While Franklin's sudden passing shook musicians and fans alike, many took to social media to celebrate the singer's life and impressive career.
Take a look at reactions to her death in the slideshow below:
World reacts to death of Aretha Franklin
World reacts to death of Aretha Franklin
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
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, 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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Over the course of her nearly 60-year career, Franklin achieved some of the most prestigious accolades. Out the 44 Grammy nominations she received, Franklin took 18 wins home -- including the Grammy Legend Award in 1991 and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994. In 1987, Franklin also became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Additionally, in 2005, Franklin was one of the select few civilians to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civil award.
To date, her net worth sits at $80 million.
The pianist, writer and vocalist fought for years to earn her respect in the music industry -- and through her hard work and dedication, she undoubtedly cemented her place as one of the greatest artists of all time.
"From that day in January 1967, when producer Jerry Wexler took Aretha to Muscle Shoals, Alabama and she sat down at the piano to record her first Atlantic record, “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You),” music was never the same," Craig Kallman and Julie Greenwald, co-chairmen at Atlantic Records said in a joint statement.
Check out the video above for more information on the singing legend.