Clive Davis On Aretha Franklin's Passing: 'She Was a National Treasure'

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Queen Soul Franklin died on Thursday (Aug. 16) at age 76.

The music industry was in mourning on Thursday (Aug. 16) as it grieved for one the most iconic vocalists in modern pop history: Aretha Franklin. The Queen Soul passed away in her Detroit home at age 76 after a battle with pancreatic cancer and within moments her death, tributes poured in from across the globe from fans, fellow musicians and former presidents.

Among those sharing their love for the 18-time Grammy winning vocalist who was equally adept at singing jazz, R&B, pop and opera was longtime friend and Sony Music Entertainment Chief Creative ficer Clive Davis. "I’m absolutely devastated by Aretha’s passing," Davis said in a statement. "She was truly one a kind. She was more than the Queen Soul. She was a national treasure to be cherished by every generation throughout the world. Apart from our long pressional relationship, Aretha was my friend. Her loss is deeply pround and my heart is full sadness."

Known for her career-defining covers  Otis Redding’s “Respect” and Carole King and Gerry Gfin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” -- Franklin was also a talented songwriter and musician. Her songwriting catalog includes such classics as “Think,” “Daydreaming,” “Ain’t No Way,” “Dr. Feelgood” and “Rock Steady.” And as a musician accompanying herself on the piano, Franklin helped shape such timeless tracks as the aforementioned “Respect,” “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” and “Chain Fools.”

Funeral arrangements for Franklin will be announced in the coming days.