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Aretha Franklin Died on Same Day as Elvis Presley

The Queen and King have something else in common.

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

Presley a.k.a. “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.”

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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 had surgery for cancer in 2010 and continued to perform until 2017.

Franklin and Presley aren’t the only famous Americans to have died on Aug. 16. Babe Ruth aka ‘The Sultan of Swat,’ died on Aug. 16 in 1948. Other notable figures who died on the same date include blues pioneer Robert Johnson, “Dracula” actor Bela Lugosi, and actor William Windom.

It’s also the day Madonna, the Queen of Pop, was born. She turned 60 on Thursday.

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