Aretha Franklin: Celebrities React to the Loss of the Queen of Soul

Aretha Franklin performs onstage at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Commemorates Its 25th Year And Honors Founder Sir Elton John During New York Fall Gala at Cathedral of St. John the Divine on November 7, 2017 in New York City. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Many of us have spent the past few days saying a little prayer for Aretha Franklin. Despite a reassuring report that she was "alert" and laughing with family just yesterday, the Queen of Soul has passed away at the age of 76. But her legacy of redefining music and raising the bar over and over again since her 1956 debut remains. Because stars are just like us, the likes of Obama and Oprah are also spending the day blasting Aretha's music and meditating on her impact. Here are some of their reactions to the sad news:

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