"I feel air", she once groused about a draft at the Apollo Theater in Harlem before storming offstage mid-song in 1971, according to Vanity Fair.
The LaBelle photo was taken from a 2014 PBS special Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House.
Franklin was back on the charts with the 1985 album, Who's Zoomin' Who?, featuring the hit single "Freeway of Love", and her 1986 duet with singer George Michael, "I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me)", hit No. 1. "As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this hard time", the statement concluded.
Her last public performance was at Elton John's AIDS Foundation gala in NY last November.
The 18-time Grammy victor died today aged 76 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Courted by multiple labels, including Berry Gordy's fledging Motown, she signed with Columbia Records in 1960. "The Heavens rejoice. Rest in heavenly peace".
Franklin later married actor Glynn Turman in 1978, but they divorced in 1984.
"Every time one of her songs comes on, everyone sings along, everyone knows the lyrics and. her songs give you that power, like that confidence to step out into the world and to feel, as a woman and as a black woman, like, that you are lovely and that you can do it", said Chelsea Monroe, 29.
"I was talking to Smokey Robinson, my oldest best friend Smokey, talking about the fact that some doctors are not very well acquainted with faith healing", she told the AP. She was elegant, graceful, and utterly uncompromising in her artistry.
By 1968, she was known as "The Queen of Soul" internationally, had received an award from Martin Luther King and appeared on a Time magazine cover. "Our hearts go out to her family and her countless fans". Her voice was unique, her piano playing underrated - she was one of my favourite pianists.
Following Franklin's death, Diana Ross simply wrote on Twitter: "I'm sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin".
Aretha's voice so often sounded like a full brass band in itself, but the power of "Day Dreaming" lies in what she withholds as much as what she delivers. "For more than six decades since, every time she sang, we were all graced with a glimpse of the divine", they said. By 1964, Aretha would be one of the most sorted after African- American Female artists with the ability to sing in different genres such as pop and soul. Stevie Wonder visited Franklin in her home this week while she was in hospice care.
Aretha Franklin, the "Queen of Soul", died Thursday at the age of 76.