Her publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, confirmed her death to BuzzFeed News, saying she died of advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type at her home in Detroit at 9:50 a.m. local time.
“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart,” her family said in a statement. “We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family.”
Musicians and celebrities are mourning her loss, with many calling her the greatest singer of all time.
This story will be updated as more celebrities react.