Aretha Franklin and Elvis Presley Die on Same Day 41 Years Apart

Aretha Franklin

The Queen Dies the Same Day …

As the King

8/16/2018 7:58 AM PDT

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, died on the same day as Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, 41 years later … and it’s both weird and fitting.

Aretha’s passing fell on Elvis’ 41st death anniversary — August 16, 1977 — albeit under extremely different circumstances.

As we reported … Aretha died in her Detroit home after being placed in hospice care earlier in the week. She’d suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer, and had been gravely ill in the days leading up to her death. The singer was 76 years old.

As for Elvis, he died of a heart attack. He was found unresponsive on the bathroom floor of his Graceland home in Memphis, TN. 

The two singers proved to be American icons and international fixtures in pop culture. In honor of their passings … RIP to the Queen and King.