The Grammy-winning popular soul singer Aretha Franklin has died in Detroit, United States of America after battling cancer since 2010.

The music and arts industry has been plunged into mourning following the death of one of America’s popular soul musicians Aretha.

Popularly known as the ‘Queen of Soul’, the 76 year old legendary soul singer died in Detroit after battling cancer with reports showing that she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2010.

Reports show that Aretha made her last performance at a gala last November in New York.

The multi award winning soul songstress was awarded among others by Martin Luther for being a symbol of black pride, as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom by America’s former president George Bush in 2005 where she was hailed for capturing the hearts of millions of Americans.

She also performed at the inauguration of Barrack Obama and is known for hits like ‘You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman’ which she performed at the 2015 Kennedy Centre Honours to pay tribute to Carole King.

She has had duets with a number of artists including the late George Michael on the hit song ‘I Knew You Were Waiting For Me’.

Aretha made her last performance at a gala last year november in new york.