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It’s a sad day in music. The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin died of Pancreatic cancer on Thursday at 76 years old.

Throughout her 50 year career, Ms. Franklin has touched numerous souls and provided the soundtrack for many countless life moments.

In honor of Aretha’s incomparable legacy, check these heartwarming photos The Queen and some of the famous folks who loved on her over the years.

You will be missed, Queen.

Aretha Franklin & The Famous Friends Who Loved Her (26 Heartwarming Photos)  was originally published on globalgrind.com

1. The Queen & Alicia Keys

The Queen & Alicia Keys

When it comes to soul legacy, Alicia Keys is sort of like the heir to the Aretha throne. Keys has cited Ms. Franklin as one of her greatest influences. And Aretha once covered Alicia’s song “No One” for her “Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics” in 2014.

2. The Queen & Patti LaBelle

The Queen & Patti LaBelle

There has been rumors of beef between the celebrated divas for over 40 years now, and although they’re both GOATs in their own right, even Patti LaBelle has said that Aretha Franklin is the greatest singer of all time.

3. The Queen & Smokey Robinson

The Queen & Smokey Robinson

Aretha Franklin ans Smokey Robinson go all the way back to performing duets on Soul Train together since the late 70’s. Dear friends indeed.

4. The Queen & J.T.

The Queen & J.T.

Just like most artists who are known for their sangin’, Justin Timberlake went from being a young fan of the legend to becoming one of her music colleagues.

5. The Queen & James Earl Jones

The Queen & James Earl Jones

Aretha only surrounds herself with legends. Which would explain why her and James Earl Jones have been close pals for so many years.

6. The Queen & Diddy

The Queen & Diddy

“Black Music” would be totally different if it wasn’t for Ms. Franklin. An icon like Diddy knows to acknowledge a legend when he sees one.

7. The Queen & Brandy

The Queen & Brandy

There would be no Brandy without Aretha Franklin and B-Rocka always shows love to the greats that came before her. Brandy and Aretha have so much in common that B even won the Aretha Franklin Entertainer of the Year award at the 2002 Lady Of Soul Awards.

8. The Queen & Stevie Wonder

The Queen & Stevie Wonder

Stevie has lost so many friends over the years. His friendship with Aretha spans almost five decades. On Tuesday Just two days before she passed he went to visit her after finding out that she was gravely ill.

9. The Queen & Jesse Jackson

The Queen & Jesse Jackson

Aretha has also been friends with Jesse for many, many years. He went to visit the legend just two days before she passed.

10. The Queen & Jordin Sparks

The Queen & Jordin Sparks

Aretha’s 25th Studio Album also served as the soundtrack for the 1976 film “Sparkle”. Almost 40 years later, she meets one of her biggest fans, who also starred in the ‘Sparkle’ remake — Jordin Sparks.

11. The Queen & Oprah

The Queen & Oprah

Oprah may be a Queen in her own right — but she’s not the Queen of Soul. However, she stans Aretha Franklin harder than some of us stan Beyonce.

12. The Queen & Don Cornelius

The Queen & Don Cornelius

Aretha and Don have been friends since the Queen’s early days in the music industry. She even credited some of her career success to her numerous appearances on his show Soul Train.

13. The Queen with Robert De Niro & Wife Grace Hightower

The Queen with Robert De Niro & Wife Grace Hightower

De Niro and Grace love them some Aretha. So much so that De Niro was extremely instrumental in helping to get the Aretha documentary green-lit.

14. Aretha Franklin

The Clintons stan hard for Ms. Franklin. She sang “I Dreamed A Dream” at Bill Clinton’s presidential inauguration in 1993.