(August 16, 2018) There are those events in our lives, the ones when we remember years later where we were at the time we heard the news. For soul music fans, today is likely going to be one of those days. Musical royalty has died. Aretha Franklin, the unquestioned "Queen of Soul," and one of the most iconic singers of her generation, passed away in her hometown of Detroit after a long illness. She was 76.