Aretha Franklin death, 76, remembering the ‘Queen of Soul’
‘The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin died at the age of 76. Here is a look back at her iconic life and career.
In her last days, Aretha Franklin, and received many visitors at her home, including her ex-husband Glynn Turman.
“I felt her wrist, holding her fragile, weak arm,” the 71-year-old actor said in an interview with the People. “I was able to feel her pulse, which was strong. So she was fighting ’til the end.”
Turman, who called Franklin “the love of his life,” said the famous singer was always a fighter.
“She’s always been a warrior — a strong, strong woman and a fighter. Her wrist told me that she was not in surrender mode. She was going to fight it ’til the end.”
Turman and Franklin were married in 1978, but split a few years later, in 1982.
The actor revealed that Franklin was aware, but unable to communicate during his visit, but he said that he knew that she was aware of his presence.
“We were able to feed off of the recognition, the feeding of the time of both the type of the realize of that time was extremely valuable,” he explained. “So it was a moment of complete closure.”
Franklin and Turman were married in 1978, but divorced in 1984 after two years of separation. Despite their short marriage, the former couple have remained good friends through the years.
“People see her as an iconic singer, an iconic performer, but they do not have to remember, that she was as a mother and a wife and someone’s lover,” he said. “There was at that part that I’m glad I know.”
Turman recalled some of the good memories with his ex-wife, who he remained close until her death on Thursday, but also said that she was known to be stubborn.
And although the actor recalled many good times with the chart-topping artist, Turman said his ex-wife was also known as “stubborn as hell.”
“The women’s Rights Movement would have her name written on,” he said. “They simply had no tea for the fever, as the old people would say. She was stubborn and difficult to convince. When she had her mind on something, you can also pretty much forget trying to change it.”
The 71-year-old ended by thanking friends and fans for their wishes following Franklin’s death.
“I’m sure she knew that of all the people who cared about her,” he explained. “I think that the people who take care of her constantly telling her of all the good wishes that were coming through.”
The “Queen of Soul”, whose recordings of such classics as “Respect” and “Chain of Fools” made her the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, died on Thursday of advanced pancreatic cancer at the age of 76.
“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the right words to express the pain in our hearts,” the singer’s family said in a statement to the Associated Press. “We have lost the matriarch and the rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, and nephews and nieces knew no bounds.”
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