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    Aretha Franklin, Legendary Soul Singer, Dies at 76

    The Queen of Soul passed away yesterday of pancreatic cancer, her family confirmed. The first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame had been in poor health since 2010 and gave her final performance last year. During her career, she won 18 Grammys, sold more than 75 million records, and became one of the voices of the civil rights movement with “Respect.” Jennifer Hudson — Franklin’s first choice to bring her life story to the screen — is expected to star in next year’s biopic of the singer.

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