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For 60 plus years we have been loving The “Queen of Soul”, Aretha Franklin. I along with a sold out crowd, saw her perform many of her hits in Houston’s Arena Theater on September 9th, 2014. I remember her performance as if it was last night. That last Houston performance of Aretha Franklin singing “Respect”, “Dr. Feelgood”, “Natural Woman” and many of her hits will live on in the theater of my mind.   

“The Queen of Soul”, Aretha Franklin succumbed to pancreatic cancer at 76 years old. She was taken from us by a rare, extremely deadly form of pancreatic cancer.  According to the American Cancer Society,  pancreatic cancer is only 3 percent of all cancer cases, but it makes up 7 percent of cancer deaths.  

Aretha Franklin digital illustration

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