Aretha Franklin: Queen of Soul Dies on the 41st Anniversary of the Death of Elvis Presley, the King

Aretha Franklin who died today, August 16, following a battle with cancer, passed away on the 41st anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death.

Presley, “The King,” died suddenly in 1977 at the age of 42. He was found dead in his bathroom after suffering a heart attack.

Franklin’s publicist confirmed the “Queen of Soul’s” passing in a statement: “We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.”

The “R.E.S.P.E.C.T” singer, who had reportedly been in hospice care for a week, was surrounded by friends and family at her home in Detroit when she died.

Franklin and Presley aren’t the only famous Americans to have died on Aug. 16.

Babe Ruth aka ‘The Sultan of Swat,’ also died on August 16 in 1948.