But the Queen of Soul certainly had a life well lived -- and she lived it an octave higher than the rest of us!
The 76-year-old had been captivating audiences with her powerful pipes for over half a century and will go down in history as the greatest diva of all time. She IS the OG and we'll fight anyone who disagrees!
So celebrate Aretha's life and prosperous career by reliving some of her greatest live performances (below)!
Soul Medley with Sammy Davis, Jr., 1968
I Say A Little Prayer, 1970
Something He Can Feel, 1976
Chain Of Fools with Mariah Carey, 1998
Rolling in the Deep/Ain't No Mountain High, 2014
You Make Me Feel (Like A Natural Woman), 2015
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