Celebrities took to social media to mourn the loss of the Queen of Soul.
Aretha Franklin died from advanced pancreatic cancer on Thursday morning at her home in Detroit, according to her publicist Gwendolyn Quinn. She was 76.
Adele wrote, 'I can’t remember a day of my life without Aretha Franklin’s voice and music filling up my heart with so much joy and sadness. Absolutely heartbroken she’s gone, what a woman. Thank you for everything, the melodies and the movements.'
Barbra Streisand wrote that it's 'difficult to conceive of a world without her' in a moving caption paired with a throwback photo as the legendary singers posed before a performance in 2012.
'This photo was taken in 2012 when Aretha & I performed at a tribute celebration for our friend Marvin Hamlisch,' she wrote. '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.'
Oprah Winfrey made sure to share her own dedication, posting a photo of the first female Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recipient from an appearance on her daytime television show.
'We'll miss you Queen,' she wrote in the caption before adding the hashtag #ArethaQueenForever.
John Legend was quick to share a few kind words about the powerhouse, writing, 'Salute to the Queen. The greatest vocalist I've ever known.'
Legend then shared a black-and-white image of a marquee from the famed Apollo Theater with Aretha's name in large letters next to the words 'she's home.'
'Hillary and I mourn the loss of our friend Aretha Franklin, one of America's greatest national treasures,' President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hilary Clinton wrote in a joint statement. 'For more than 50 years, she stirred our souls. She was elegant, graceful, and utterly uncompromising in her artistry.
'Aretha's first music school was the church and her performances were powered by what she learned there. I'll always be grateful for her kindness and support, including her performances at both my inaugural celebrations, and for the chance to be there for what sadly turned out to be her final performance last November at a benefit supporting the fight against HIV/AIDS.
'She will forever be the Queen of Soul and so much more to all who knew her personally and through her music. Our hearts go out to her family and her countless fans.'
Elton John memorialized his 'favourite pianist' in a series of notes shared on Twitter.
'The loss of @ArethaFranklin is a blow for everybody who loves real music: Music from the heart, the soul and the Church. Her voice was unique, her piano playing underrated — she was one of my favourite pianists.'
He continued, 'I was fortunate enough to spend time with her and witness her last performance – a benefit for @ejaf at St John The Divine Cathedral. She was obviously unwell, and I wasn’t sure she could perform. But Aretha did and she raised the roof.'
'She sang and played magnificently, and we all wept,' Elton wrote. 'We were witnessing the greatest soul artist of all time. I adored her and worshipped her talent. God bless her. My condolences to all her family and friends. We shared the same birthday – and that meant so much to me.
'The whole world will miss her but will always rejoice in her remarkable legacy. The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen. #RIPArethaFranklin'
Mariah Carey shared a heartfelt caption alongside a photo of the legendary vocalists performing together.
'Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul. The Icon. The ultimate singers' singer,' Mariah wrote. The greatest singer and musician of my lifetime. The power of your voice in music and in civil rights blew open the door for me and so many others. You were my inspiration, my mentor and my friend.
'You showed me I could sing the songs I wanted to sing and bring God with me. You've inspired millions everywhere yet never left home, never left church. Today the entire world mourns your home-going and celebrates all the brilliance you left behind.
'I will forever cherish the moments I spent in your presence. Your indelible impact was earned not only by your incomparable voice but by your bigger than life personality, wit and humor. I say a BIG prayer for you. You will forever have all our RESPECT. Love, Mariah.'
Diana Ross wrote that she was 'sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin.'
'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,' Paul McCartney shared. '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' Ryan Seacrest shared a black-and-white image from a special American Idol episode where the legend performed in Detroit.
'The @AmericanIdol fam had the great privilege of working with the iconic Aretha Franklin for a special ep in Detroit,' he wrote. 'The world will miss her as she's left an indelible mark on our culture. Her artistry & music will move & inspire us forever. Rest in peace to the Queen of Soul.'
Lenny Kravitz told Sunday TODAY's Willie Geist that Aretha's music was a gift.
'What a gift for her to have, but what a gift for us to listen and receive that gift,' he said. 'Her music has brought so much joy to the world and so much soul and so much feeling. She truly is the queen of soul.'
Catherine Zeta-Jones also shared a stunning image of the I Say A Little Prayer songstress, with the caption, 'And God gave us Aretha. Thank you. RIP'
Singer Brandy said that she couldn't believe the news as she shared a photo with Franklin, complete with a moving message.
I can’t believe this.... #ArethaFranklin ..although you have transitioned into the omnipresence of God, you are forever #immortal... Your music lives on through all of us,' she wrote. 'Thank you so much for unchaining every door for so many of us to walk through.
'RESPECT,' singer Fergie wrote on Twitter. 'Her legendary voice game straight from God. Now her soul is with Him.'
Annie Lennox shared, 'As the One and Only 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin was simply peerless. She has reigned supreme. and will always be held in the highest firmament of stars as the most exceptional vocalist, performer and recording artist the world has ever been privileged to witness.'
Jamie Lee Curtis spelled out one of Aretha's arguably most famous songs in a black-and-white image shared on Instagram.
'Rest easy #ARETHAFRANKLIN I imagine u in heaven performing & still making people souls move,' Missy Elliott wrote. '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.'
Jada Pinkett Smith wrote 'Rest in Peace Aretha' and posted a gorgeous image of the icon to her Instagram account.
Ariana Grande, Pamela Anderson and Pink shared short but sweet notes mourning the loss of the Chain of Fools vocalist.
Kate Hudson posted a throwback image of the Queen, saying she 'shares the sadness of this loss.'
Willie Nelson, Steve Harvey and Regina Spektor were also just a few of the many notable celebrities who took to social media to grieve with their fans over the loss of the icon.
NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) tweeted, '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.'