Desde Obama hasta Elton John: todos lloran la muerte de Aretha Franklin

Las redes sociales se han llenado de homenajes a la diva del soul, que ha fallecido este jueves a los 76 años tras pasar ocho luchando contra un cáncer de páncreas. Además, la artista sufría problemas con el alcohol y también con el sobrepeso, aunque nada de eso logró empañar su fascinante carrera musical, reconocida con 17 Grammy, entre otros.

El mundo de la canción llora su pérdida desde primera hora de la mañana, pero también el mundo de la política, donde Aretha tenía grandes amigos. Así, desde Barack Obama ("En su voz podemos sentir nuestra historia") hasta Elton John ("La pérdida de Aretha es un golpe para todos los que aman la música"), John Legend ("La mejor cantante de todos los tiempos"), Barbra Streissand ("Es difícil imaginar un mundo sin ella") o Adele ("No puedo recordar un día de mi vida sin la voz y la música de Aretha"), Paul McCarthey ("Te echaremos de menos, pero tu voz y tu persona vivirán siempre con nosotros") o Diana Ross ("Mi corazón está roto"), todos han querido compartir un emotivo mensaje en su memoria.

America has no royalty. But we do have a chance to earn something more enduring. Born in Memphis and raised in Detroit, Aretha Franklin grew up performing gospel songs in her father's congregation. For more than six decades since, every time she sang, we were all graced with a glimpse of the divine. Through her compositions and unmatched musicianship, Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. 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. Aretha may have passed on to a better place, but the gift of her music remains to inspire us all. May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace. Michelle and I send our prayers and warmest sympathies to her family and all those moved by her song.

Una publicación compartida de Barack Obama (@barackobama) el

The loss of Aretha Franklin 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. I was fortunate enough to spend time with her and witness her last performance – a benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation at St John The Divine Cathedral. She was obviously unwell, and I wasn't sure she could perform. But Aretha did and she raised the roof. She sang and played magnificently, and we all wept. We were witnessing the greatest soul artist of all time. I adored her and worshipped her talent. God bless her. My condolences to all her family and friends. We shared the same birthday – and that meant so much to me. The whole world will miss her but will always rejoice in her remarkable legacy. The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen. @arethasings #RIP #ArethaFranklin #QueenOfSoul @ejaf

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Nuestros artistas patrios también han querido despedirse de la gran diva del soul, por ejemplo Diana Navarro, que ha compartido un vídeo con un bonito mensaje: "Hasta siempre, no habrá otra como tú". 

Hasta siempre #ArethaFranklin No habrá otra como tú ????????

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