Western Mass. residents remember legendary singer Aretha Franklin


People around the world are remembering legendary singer Aretha Franklin, including people right here in western Massachusetts.

“The Queen of Soul,” died at her Detroit home Thursday after losing her battle to pancreatic cancer. She was 76-years-old.

Franklin earned 18 Grammy awards throughout her career and became the first woman voted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.

An Amherst resident and her grandson told 22News Aretha Franklin was a powerhouse, and one of a kind. 

“I’m sad but she was such a strong and really followed her soul for her whole life,” said Suzie Moyer. “Beautiful songs and we can all sing them.”

The family has asked for privacy.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

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