Tributes flow for Aretha Franklin

Tributes flow for Aretha Franklin

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In this Aug. 30, 1988, photo, Aretha Franklin joined George Michael during his Faith World Tour in Michigan. Photo: AP/Rob Kozloff

In this Aug. 30, 1988, photo, Aretha Franklin joined George Michael during his Faith World Tour in Michigan. Photo: AP/Rob Kozloff

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From Obama to Liam Gallagher and Keith Richards to Donald Trump, they paid their respects.

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WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT ARETHA FRANKLIN:

- "She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human. And sometimes she helped us just forget about everything else and dance." - Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, in a statement.

- "The most consistent voice in music for 60 years has been Aretha Franklin's voice... The world of music has lost a bit of its soul." - Jesse Jackson, in an Associated Press interview.

- "It's a sad day but what a glorious lady. Her voice says it all!" - Keith Richards, via Instagram.

- "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." - Mariah Carey, via Twitter.

- "She is now in the pantheon of God's greats, in the bosom of family." - Whoopi Goldberg, via Twitter.

-"Her voice; her presence; her style

No one did it better

Truly the Queen of Soul

I will miss you!" - Lionel Richie, in a statement.

-"The loss of Aretha Franklin is a blow for everybody who loves real music: Music from the heart, the soul and the Church. - Elton John, via Instagram.

- "We have lost another legend from the civil rights era." - Dr. Bernice A. King, in a statement.

- "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, via Twitter.

Australian Associated Press

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