Singer Aretha Franklin performs during the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, DC on December 6, 2013. Franklin died Thursday in Detroit. PHOTO | NICHOLAS KAMM | AFP
The 18-time Grammy award winner inspired multiple singers during her five-decade career from pop diva Mariah Carey to the late Amy Winehouse.
Franklin's declining health was first disclosed on the Showbiz 411 website late Sunday by Roger Friedman, a reporter and family friend.