BREAKING: Aretha Franklin Dead at 76

TMZ reports that Aretha Franklin died Thursday morning after a long battle with cancer.

Sources close to the singer tell TMZ ... Aretha passed away in her Detroit home where she was under hospice care. She'd been in failing health for many months and she was down to 86 pounds. One source told us he was informed more than a week ago that Aretha could go at any time.

She was surrounded by friends and family when she passed.

The Queen of Soul was 76. She is survived by her 4 sons.

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