From television, politics and film to sports and music, celebrities across the board are taking to social media to share their condolences for the loss of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.
When news broke of Aretha’s passing Thursday morning, following word that the singer was gravely ill, the music community and many more, who were touched by Aretha’s voice and music (that’s all of us), spoke out.
“Let’s all take a moment to give thanks for the beautiful life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years,” Paul McCartney wrote. “She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever.”
So many celebrities have mentioned how much she influenced them when deciding their path to become singers. Her voice was incomparable and her songs empowered women of many generations. We can only hope that Aretha knew just how much she meant to so many.
R.I.P Queen of Soul
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This is the face of a young man who couldn't believe he was actually singing with the GREATEST OF ALL TIME. Thank you, Ms. Franklin for blessing us all with your incomparable gift. Honored to have shared the stage with you for even a moment and to be inspired by you for a whole lifetime. Always bowing down to you. #QueenofSoul
The greatest voice in American popular music has been stilled. Our beloved #ArethaFranklin has gone. For me, she was a musical lighthouse, guiding and inspiring with every note. I loved her so and love her still. Goodbye, Queen of Soul.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) August 16, 2018
The loss of @ArethaFranklin is a blow for everybody who loves real music: Music from the heart, the soul and the Church. Her voice was unique, her piano playing underrated – she was one of my favourite pianists. pic.twitter.com/ug5oZYywAz
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) August 16, 2018
I’m sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin.
— Ms. Ross (@DianaRoss) August 16, 2018
— Carole King (@Carole_King) August 16, 2018
Let’s all take a moment to give thanks for the beautiful life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years. She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever. Love Paul pic.twitter.com/jW4Gpwfdts
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) August 16, 2018
— Bob Seger (@BobSeger) August 16, 2018
The choir of angels now have the greatest voice of all time to lead, praise and join in to sing before Jesus. I wanted to share this photo because it shows just how soulful Aretha was without uttering a word. To say I was humbled to be in her presence would be an understatement. pic.twitter.com/R2lxjXwDO8
— Faith Hill (@FaithHill) August 16, 2018
So sad to hear about Aretha Franklin. She represented strength and empowerment… not to mention that voice. If you’re a vocalist, no matter which genre, you look up to that voice. #RipArethaFranklin 😔
— Cassadee Pope (@CassadeePope) August 16, 2018
— Rachel Platten (@RachelPlatten) August 16, 2018
The best of the best has departed
Rest in peace Aretha Franklin, the music you left us will
forever be a shining example of an exceptional God given gift.
You will be missed.
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) August 16, 2018
What a gift your voice was to this world and will forever continue to be #ArethaFranklin You will be GREATLY missed. My heart breaks knowing that you are gone… only from physical form though. You and your voice will live on and inspire for eternity! #QueenOfSoul
— LeAnn Rimes Cibrian (@leannrimes) August 16, 2018
— Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus) August 16, 2018
Learned to love #Aretha at a very early age as my dad knew every lyric and would sing her songs to us all the time. There’ll never be another like her. Sending deepest condolences to her family and friends. RIP Aretha Franklin. pic.twitter.com/g2ulkt9lRB
— Cary Elwes (@Cary_Elwes) August 16, 2018
#arethafranklin An incredible moment I had with Aretha Franklin now feels like yesterday! First of all,she was such a fighter of the rights and wrongs of people along with that amazing voice that was a gift! I spoke with her & her knowledge of boxing blew me away! RIP
— Sugar Ray Leonard (@SugarRayLeonard) August 16, 2018
Rest In Peace Aretha Franklin🙏🏼
Your voice brought me so much joy that no words can ever express. Forever grateful for the gift of your voice and all the beauty you brought into this world that will live on forever🙏🏼❤️🙏🏼
— Maureen McCormick (@MoMcCormick7) August 16, 2018
The wondrous chorus of America at its best has lost a powerful voice. Aretha Franklin shook the heavens and our own complacency with her spirit and by tackling life with power and purpose. #Respect
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) August 16, 2018
Mourning the loss today of @ArethaFranklin who shared her spirit and talent with the world. She deserves not only our RESPECT but also our lasting gratitude for opening our eyes, ears and hearts. Rest in eternal peace, my friend.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 16, 2018
An unbelievable woman and voice. It was an honor to meet and perform with the Queen of Soul. RIP Aretha Franklin ❤️💔https://t.co/BQBtdPuoZO
— Shania Twain (@ShaniaTwain) August 16, 2018
— Lori Loughlin (@LoriLoughlin) August 16, 2018
Aretha Franklin had a powerful voice and sent powerful messages. She inspired a generation of women through her music. She was truly a legend and larger than life. She will be missed. https://t.co/lgpphSmM3E
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) August 16, 2018
I’m very sad to hear about Aretha Franklin passing. She was one of the greatest and most emotional singers. I used to love listening to her in the sixties but her music is timeless. Love & Mercy to Aretha’s family and friends. pic.twitter.com/fFVKyjxIXT
— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) August 16, 2018
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 16, 2018
RIP Aretha Franklin what a voice x
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) August 16, 2018
Rest easy #ARETHAFRANKLIN I imagine u in heaven performing & still making people souls move🙌🏾 this was my aunt favorite record #RockSteady you will always be the Queen of Soul you been that before many of us were born! Thank you for giving us LEGENDARY TIMELESS music 🙏🏾❤️ pic.twitter.com/bEueBCLGJ9
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) August 16, 2018