The undisputed Queen of Soul died on Thursday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Aretha Franklin was 76. She died in hospice care in Detroit surrounded by her family.

Queen of soul Aretha Franklin holds her Grammy Award for Best Rhythm and Blue performance of the song “Bridge Over Troubled Waters,” March 13, 1972, in New York. (AP Photo/Dave Pickoff)

Vocalist Aretha Franklin warbles a few notes into microphone in Jan. 28, 1972 photo. (AP Photo)

Aretha Franklin performs at the swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

FILE – This Jan. 14, 2012 file photo, shows singer Aretha Franklin performing during the BET Honors at the Warner Theatre in Washington. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 at her home in Detroit. She was 76. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Franklin began her recording career at the age of 14, singing gospel with her father and signed with Columbia Records in 1960. She was making Top 10 hits well into the ’90s and has performed for multiple presidents, including singing at the inauguration of Barack Obama.

The ground-breaking singer didn’t stop performing until her health issues forced her to, but Franklin’s voice was still as rich and soulful into her 70s as it ever was in her “prime”.

No one lives forever, but it’s hard to imagine that Franklin’s voice, hits and artistic contributions to this nation and the entire world will ever be forgotten.