Fans have shrouded Aretha Franklins star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with touching tributes today, following the iconic singers death.
Aretha died on Thursday 16 August at the age of 76 after a battle with advanced pancreatic cancer. Soon after news of her death broke, fans flocked to Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles to visit her Walk of Fame star.
Tourists and fans alike are now queuing by the famous attraction to view the bouquets of flowers left on Arethas star.
In the most fitting tribute to the Queen of Soul, a gold crown with red velvet padding was lovingly placed atop the star, which is located near to that of actress Zoe Saldana.
Among other tributes left, include a black and white photo of Aretha, a plaque that reads: I say a little prayer for you, in honour of her classic song and a board with written messages of condolence.
Aretha received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1979 and was just one of countless notable moments in the singers career. In 1985, Aretha had her voice declared a natural resource in Michigan and, two years later, became the first female musician inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Fans are no doubt hoping for public memorials to celebrate Arethas life. According to the Detroit Free Press, the Grammy-winning singers family will announce funeral plans early next week.
Their spokesperson, Gwendolyn Quinn, confirmed that several memorial events will be held in Arethas hometown of Detroit in the coming days and weeks.
Tributes have flooded in for the legendary singer, including former US President Barack Obama who said in a statement: She was terrific — Aretha Franklin — on her passing. She brought joy to millions of lives and her extraordinary legacy will thrive and inspire many generations to come. She was given a great gift from God — her voice, and she used it well.
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Sir Elton John shared his sadness at Arethas passing on Twitter, writing: 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.
Arethas last performance was at Eltons annual Aids foundation in November 2017.
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