Aretha Franklin tragically passed away on August 16 aged 76, after a long battle with cancer.
Just days later and The I Say A Little Prayer hitmaker’s cause of death has been confirmed as pancreatic cancer.
The singer has been battling the disease for almost 10 years, after she was diagnosed in 2010.
According to the music legend’s death certificate, which has been obtained by TMZ, the star’s death was as a result of pancreatic cancer.
The official documents also state Aretha passed away at 9.50 am on August 16, while she was in a hospice surrounded by her family.
The certificate also state Aretha will be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan.
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Aretha’s publicist confirmed her death in a statement from the singer’s family.
It read: “In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart.
“We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of the love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers.”
The statement continued: “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.”
It was reported earlier this week that the soul singer had suffered a series of health issues over this year and was “seriously ill” during the final days of her life.
During her incredible career, she won 18 Grammy awards and, in 1987, became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.