On Thursday, shortly after the singer’s death was announced, family members issued a statement confirming the cause of death and expressing their thanks for the outpouring of love from fans all over the world.
“It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Aretha Louise Franklin,” the statement read, adding that the singer passed away surrounded by family and friends. “Franklin’s official cause of death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type,” it continued.
Fan reactions on social media were swift following the news of Franklin’s passing, with stars like John Legend, Jussie Smollett, Tamron Hall, and Ava DuVernay sharing their condolences.
Franklin’s family called the outpouring “incredible,” writing, “We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds. We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters, and fans all around the world.”
“Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”