Celebridades de todos los ámbitos alrededor del mundo lamentaron la muerte de "La Reina del Soul", Aretha Franklin, quien falleció este jueves a los 76 años en su casa de Detroit, tras luchar contra un cáncer pancreático que la aquejaba desde 2010.
El mundo del espectáculo, la política, el deporte, el modelaje, entre otras áreas, reaccionaron con pesar ante la lamentable pérdida y no tardaron en presentar sus respetos por la leyenda de la música a través de redes sociales.
Con su poderosa voz, Franklin ha sellado un lugar en la historia de la música estadounidense a lo largo de una carrera de décadas que abarcó todos los géneros: del soul al R&B y del gospel al pop.
En 1987 se convirtió en la primera mujer en ingresar en el Salón de la Fama del Rock and Roll. En 2010, la revista Rolling Stone la colocó primera en su lista de los 100 mejores cantantes de todos los tiempos, tanto hombres como mujeres.
El legendario productor Clive Davis, Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Chaka Khan, Alicia Keys, Céline Dion, Tony Bennett, Stephen King, Michelle Obama, Oprah, Barack Obama, Adele, Jennifer Hudson, Mia Farrow, Bette Midler, Hillary Clinton, Carole King, Bernice King, hija menor de Martin Luther King Jr. y Coretta Scott King., Smokey Robinson, los Rolling Stones, Mariah Carey, Axl Rose, Otis Redding, Lenny Kravitz, Lisa Marie Presley, Jessie Ware, Liam Gallagher, Nicki Minaj, Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin, El CEO de Apple, Tim Cook, el exfotógrafo de la Casa Blanca Pete Souza, Julian Lennon, la NASA, la directora Ava DuVernay, Reese Witherspoon, Diana Ross, Patti LaBelle, Olivia Wilde, Viola Davis, Naomi Campbell, Britney Spears, Taraji P. Henson, Tim Mcgraw, Faith Hill, Quincy Jones, Anita Baker, Tyra Banks, la NFL, la Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas (La Academia que organiza los Oscars), la Academia de Grabación (Grammy), la universidad de Harvard y el The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), entre tantos otros, dedicaron emotivos mensajes en honor a la "Reina del Soul".
“Tomémonos un momento para agradecer por la hermosa vida que fue Aretha Franklin, la Reina de nuestras almas, quien nos inspiró a todos por muchos años. Vamos a extrañarla, pero los recuerdos de su grandeza como músico y como ser humano vivirán por siempre con nosotros”, escribió Paul McCartney.
Elton John expresó que “la pérdida de Aretha Franklin es un golpe para todos los que aman la música de verdad: múica que viene desde el corazón, el alma y la Iglesia. Su voz era única, sus habilidades para el piano fueron subvaloradas. Era una de mis pianistas favoritas”.
“La Reina del Soul ha dejado la Tierra para sentarse en su trono en el Cielo. Cuán bendecidos fuimos de poder escuchar lo mejor que Dios tiene que ofrecer por medio de su voz”, manifestó Lenny Kravitz.
Por su parte, Barbra Streisand publicó una imagen junto a Franklin junto al siguiente mensaje: “Esta foto fue tomada en 2012, cuando Aretha y yo nos presentamos en una celebración en homenaje a nuestro amigo Marvin Hamlisch. Es difícil concebir un mundo sin ella. No sólo fue una cantante brillante, sino que además su compromiso con los derechos civiles dejaron un impacto imborrable en el mundo”.
R-E-S-P-E-C-TAugust 16, 2018
I’m absolutely devastated by Aretha’s passing. She was truly one of a kind. She was more than the Queen of Soul. She was a national treasure to be cherished by every generation throughout the world. (1/2)— Clive Davis (@CliveDavis) 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
This photo was taken in 2012 when Aretha & I performed at a tribute celebration for our friend Marvin Hamlisch. 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 pic.twitter.com/Px9zVB90MM— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) August 16, 2018
God bless Aretha Franklin the queen of soul and peace and love to her family 😎✌️🌟💖🎵🎶☮️— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) August 16, 2018
“Looking out on the morning rain— Ava DuVernay (@ava) August 16, 2018
I used to feel so uninspired
And when I knew
I had to face another day
Lord, it made me feel so tired
Before the day I met you
Life was so unkind
But you’re the key to
My peace of mind.”
Her voice/swagger was peerless.
Thank you, #ArethaFranklin pic.twitter.com/5gp0OP10Jf
Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace. pic.twitter.com/bfASqKlLc5— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 16, 2018
RESPECT 2 the Queen!!!👑— Axl Rose (@axlrose) August 16, 2018
We’re saddened by the loss of Aretha Franklin. Asteroid 249516 Aretha, found by our NEOWISE mission and named after the singer to commemorate the #QueenOfSoul, will keep orbiting beyond Mars. See more details: https://t.co/NlW4vkmKDq pic.twitter.com/yZ0E5ofSQT— NASA (@NASA) August 16, 2018
Watching Aretha Franklin perform at the White House, and on so many other occasions, made time stand still. @BarackObama and I are holding Aretha’s family in our hearts right now. She will forever be our Queen of Soul. pic.twitter.com/NhHsbKijpl— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) August 16, 2018
The Queen of Soul has left this earth to sit on her throne in heaven. How blessed we were to hear the best that God had to offer in her voice. RESPECT!— Lenny Kravitz (@LennyKravitz) August 16, 2018
📷: Mark Seliger pic.twitter.com/v9OxtyrZ74
Today has always been a hard day for me, and now the “Queen Of Soul” Aretha Franklin has left us, this loss saddens my heart not only was she a fellow Memphian, but she was also my inspiration to sing 😢 pic.twitter.com/amLqmcGvri— Lisa Marie Presley (@LisaPresley) August 16, 2018
The Queen.— NFL (@NFL) August 16, 2018
Rest In Peace, Aretha Franklin. https://t.co/4wBdSquX1c
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. We hope you’ll lift her up by listening and sharing her songs that have meant the most to you.— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) August 14, 2018
Aretha Franklin's rich voice, passionate deliver and empowering lyrics represent some of the greatest recordings in the history of music! On this day and everyday we're thinking of the Queen of Soul. pic.twitter.com/MLBTWlafNb— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) August 13, 2018
Aretha was One of a kind...— Julian Lennon (@JulianLennon) August 16, 2018
The Queen of Soul ♥️
Nothing but 'Respect'...
Heart & Prayers to Family & Friends... 🙏🏻x https://t.co/3w0egQmcAT
It was a double thrill for me to perform on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera on my 85th birthday and have the Queen of Soul (and heart) Aretha Franklin singing with me....she will be missed by the world. pic.twitter.com/74VM9IYejI— Tony Bennett (@itstonybennett) August 16, 2018
Rest In Peace to our Queen of Soul. Her contribution to music and to the empowerment and enrichment of our hearts, Spirits and souls is immeasurable.— Ms. Lauryn Hill (@MsLaurynHill) August 16, 2018
Thank you Ms. Aretha Franklin for sharing your anointed gifts with us. They changed the world. We are deeply grateful!
Very sad to hear the news about Aretha, she was so inspiring and wherever you were she always brought you to church. pic.twitter.com/GMCzQRkahc— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) August 16, 2018
Aretha was such a timeless inspiration to me and so many others, the ultimate queen, thank you for the gift of your voice, music and unshakeable soul 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/me3FXBY4WZ— Christina Aguilera (@xtina) August 16, 2018
There will NEVER be another Aretha Franklin. Only those inspired by her as they reach for the impossible. https://t.co/9iYaGo0ZoW— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) August 14, 2018
Rest in Power, Ms. Aretha. You were the Queen. Your rendition of “Respect” launched a revolution. Our condolences go out to the Franklin family and all of her fans worldwide. - The Redding Family https://t.co/GzudOmBH5M #ArethaFranklin— Otis Redding (@OtisRedding) August 16, 2018
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. ❤— Patti LaBelle (@MsPattiPatti) August 14, 2018
Aretha the Queen. Aretha Franklin epitomized that fierce black woman soul with just enough touch of pain in her vibrato, to make every human bow down to those precious vocals that only she could produce. May the heavens above shout with eternal pride, R-E-S-P-E-C-T!— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) August 16, 2018
Queen... My Queen. pic.twitter.com/6olvvLPISd— Anita Baker (@IAMANITABAKER) August 16, 2018
From the time that Dinah Washington 1st told me that Aretha was the “next one” when she was 12-years old, until the present day, Aretha Franklin set the bar & she did it with the professionalism, class, grace, & humility that only a true Queen could... 📸: Hassan pic.twitter.com/IjT6I7NH1D— Quincy Jones (@QuincyDJones) August 16, 2018
We have lost the greatest singer of our time. As a songwriter, I know personally how meaningful a gifted interpreter of material can be.— Billy Joel (@billyjoel) August 16, 2018
No one can replace her.
- Billy Joel pic.twitter.com/7QZQ1IzSD8
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
Deeply sad this morning. Aretha Franklin has left us and her blessed family. She Lifted up the best angels of our nature. May her legacy of truth, love, hope, and joy live on in all of us.— Goldie Hawn (@goldiehawn) August 16, 2018
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.— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) August 16, 2018
RESPECT!!! REST IN PEACE AND POWER OUR TRUE QUEEN ARETHA FRANKLIN. IT WAS AN HONOR TO HAVE MET YOU AND WORKED WITH YOU 😢😢💔💔🙏🏾 #QUEENOFSOUL #ROYALTY #BLACKEXCELLENCEATITSBEST #LEGEND 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 pic.twitter.com/RBIzD0dxaI— Naomi Campbell (@NaomiCampbell) August 16, 2018
Whether it was Gospel, Blues, Jazz, R&B, Pop,or Civil Rights, Aretha Franklin was the greatest gift and the voice of a generation. She could turn any song into a hymn. She will be greatly missed here on earth, but that band in heaven just got our Angel— Willie Nelson (@WillieNelson) August 16, 2018
Rest In Peace Aretha
forever ♡ pic.twitter.com/E4JopV0ffT— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) 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
Lucky enough to have seen Aretha live exactly once, and this was it.— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) August 16, 2018
Thank you for the music, we will be listening to you forever https://t.co/aMHIBFaTAs
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Aretha Franklin.— Detroit Lions (@Lions) August 16, 2018
Aretha was a groundbreaker and an icon whose legacy will live on forever. pic.twitter.com/dmYrfpDOjC
Today we have lost one of the greatest. She will always be remembered and admired. Aretha Franklin, rest in peace. We love you.— Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) August 16, 2018
Thank you #ArethaFranklin 💔we will miss you— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) August 16, 2018
Salute to the Queen. The greatest vocalist I've ever known. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 #Aretha— John Legend (@johnlegend) August 16, 2018
We mourn the passing of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul. Her voice will keep lifting us, through the music she gave the world. Our thoughts are with her family, her loved ones and fans everywhere. Take her hand, precious Lord, and lead her home. 🎶 pic.twitter.com/I84HTEVZU1— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) August 16, 2018
Rest In Peace, Queen pic.twitter.com/57rZh8vHza— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) August 16, 2018
Tuve la oportunidad de estar a su lado durante un concierto en Philadelphia y créanme... jamás habrá nadie que cante como ella. Aretha Franklin R.I.P @arethasings #arethafranklin foto por @paulajaramillodelc pic.twitter.com/9zxfCw6OHL— Juanes (@juanes) August 16, 2018
One of the highlights of my career was singing with #ArethaFranklin at The Tony Awards. It was an out of body experience for me. One of greatest singers of all time. You will be missed by all. https://t.co/L8dIIhyR9Y— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) August 16, 2018
Our thoughts are with Ms. Aretha Franklin today. RIP to the true Queen of Soul. Thank you for inspiring the world with your beautiful voice and spirit ♥️ pic.twitter.com/vwEDDnOZXx— Columbia Records (@ColumbiaRecords) August 16, 2018
this is truly a sad day. rest peacefully queen. icon. my sincere condolences to her family. #ArethaFranklin— KELENDRIA ROWLAND (@KELLYROWLAND) August 16, 2018
There will never be another Queen of Soul. Aretha Franklin is the embodiment of a soul blessed with a special gift. Grateful we have decades of recordings that will live on. Long Live The Queen. #RIPAretha— Andy Cohen (@Andy) August 16, 2018
Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul.. A true legend and world icon...the greatest vocalist and entertainer of all time. Aretha paved the way for so many great artists, over 6 decades of music. Thank you for all of your contributions. My condolences and prayers are with the family. pic.twitter.com/akEgX7sv1j— Steve Harvey (@IAmSteveHarvey) August 16, 2018