Annie Crummer - who performed previous year alongside local soul sisters Aaradhna, Bella Kalolo and Esther Stephens in Respect, an Aretha tribute, says it was Pākehā friends in Wellington who first introduced her to Franklin's music.
Calling it one of the darkest moments of their lives, Franklin's family said they were unable to find the appropriate words to express the pain in their hearts. "We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin's family and friends", Jessica Santostefano, Vice President, Media Desk at Fox News explained. "The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds", the family said.
"I am deeply saddened about the passing of the Queen of Soul and my sister in song, Aretha Franklin", LaBelle said in a statement on Twitter.
Quinn told ET that funeral arrangements will be announced in the next few days.
Afraid of flying and suffering several bouts of ill-health, her touring was restricted in recent years, but her power as a performer was hardly diminished.
"Respect" is now remembered for being Franklin's more than Redding's.
"Though losing her hurts, her music will remain with us forever".
A string of hits followed in the sixties and seventies, more than 40 "Top 40" singles, and collected 18 Grammy awards for her signature mix of gospel, blues, rock and pop.
"Her voice was unique, her piano playing underrated - she was one of my favourite pianists", he said.
She sang and lived with soul and style. Her final performance was at an Elton John AIDS Foundation gala in New York City in November 2017.
Organisers say footage of Aretha Franklin's 1972 concert in a Los Angeles church will not be shown at the Toronto International Film Festival. "For me, she was a musical lighthouse, guiding and inspiring with every note", singer and actress Bette Midler tweeted.
Franklin, who has a long affinity with The Beatles, covered their tracks multiple times during her long and esteemed career. "I was playing her music the other day and I was just crying [because] she was sick".
'She will forever be the Queen of Soul and so much more to all who knew her personally and through her music. She was also the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. 'We were witnessing the greatest soul artist of all time.
Aretha Franklin wasn't just a singer, she was a superhero.
"Aretha didn't write 'Chain, ' but she might as well have".
Through six decades of legendary music, Franklin inspired time and again, even earning the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005 "for helping to shape our Nation's artistic and cultural heritage".
"How'd you get your trousers so tight?" she asks some dreamboat in the ebullient Freeway of Love, which is reason enough to ride with her.