"Franklin leaves behind a legacy that will endure for a long time, thanks to her powerhouse voice and memorable songs like "Respect" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman". "She will be missed!". Her pulse told me that she was not in surrender mode.
Cheadle also shared details of Franklin's sweet phone call on Twitter, adding "her call meant as much or more to me than any compliment ever received".
In any case, his comments were seen as somewhat disparaging and pretty disrespectful.
The 76-year old singer died at her home in Detroit on Thursday after suffering from pancreatic cancer.
The actor revealed that Franklin was conscious but unable to communicate during his visit, but he said he knew she was aware of his presence.
"I mean, Aretha Franklin called me".
The singer posted a photograph of herself and Franklin on Instagram on Thursday, and shared what she describes as a "special moment" speaking on the phone with Franklin in 2003 when Ashanti was in Canada for a concert.More news: Pregnant Reality Star Lyric McHenry, 26, Dies of Suspected Drug Overdose
"She was able to touch so many people, divinely".
The 18-time Grammy award victor cemented her place in U.S. music history with a powerful, bell-clear voice that stretched over four octaves.
A screengrab of a YouTube video of Aretha Franklin.
"Every time she sang, we were all graced with a glimpse of the divine".
In a heartfelt tribute from the Obamas, the former president and his wife Michelle praised Franklin's "unmatched musicianship", which they said "helped define the American experience". She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human. We send our condolences to her family and friends. It featured a close-up image of Franklin and a still photo of LaBelle singing in the background. She LAID THE FOUNDATION and her name was QUEEN ARETHA FRANKLIN.
In one of his Between the Scenes clips on The Daily Show, Trevor Noah paid tribute to late legend Aretha Franklin.