Trump's tone-deaf tribute to Aretha Franklin sparks outrage

Aretha Franklin died at her home in Detroit

"Ariana Grande was a guest on The Tonight Show last night, where she paid tribute to Aretha Franklin with a cover of her song "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman".

The chorus of social media tributes included a message from NASA, noting the space agency was saddened by the soul legend's death and that asteroid 249516 Aretha, discovered in 2010 and named to commemorate the singer, would keep orbiting beyond Mars. Some, like Shirley Brown, Loleatta Holloway, Thelma Houston and Al Green, enjoyed popular success. "More than once, I've met a hero of mine, but nothing compared to getting to know Aretha Franklin - Ms. Franklin".

Niall Crowley is a writer based in London.

Australian singer Renee Geyer was enormously influenced by Franklin from a young age and spoke about her passing on ABC radio.

"I find it disturbing and sad, and a reflection of his endless narcissism", said David Ritz, who spent years with Franklin seeking to understand the guarded performer for his 2014 biography, "Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin".

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Franklin lived with local firefighter Willie Wilkerson for thirty years before she died, but when they got engaged in 2012, a tabloid report claimed that her sons were anxious that he would steal their inheritance.

The Grammy-winning vocalist, who was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up in Detroit after moving there as a youngster with her family from Buffalo, New York.

"She's brought joy to millions of lives and her extraordinary legacy will thrive and inspire many generations to come", he continued. "She sang about respect, she sang about freedom, she told us to think - all these things we think of as being American, she kind of personified". In her dressing rooms, next to her makeup, she would keep a stack of $100 bills that would either go in a bag/purse to her security guards or on stage with her right on top of the piano.

"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", the family said in a statement after her death. "She was going to fight it 'til the end". Then her funeral will be held at Greater Grace Temple just for friends and family, according to TMZ.

Franklin "hated" the rise of Trump. "Women just seemed to take to it like that, and it became a mantra", she said. The museum was also the site of the public viewing for civil-rights activist Rosa Parks, who died in 2005.

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