Legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin passed away on Thursday morning, according to a family statement. She was 76.
Shortly after her death was announced, longtime Giants outfielder and Hall of Famer Willie Mays released a statement through the team eulogizing his old “friend.”
Via San Francisco Giants:
“The older I get, it seems like the more “goodbyes” must be said, and the harder they are to say. I just heard that Aretha Franklin has passed. I’ve known Aretha since my early years in New York. We used to joke around. She was something! I just want to say to her family that I truly admired her as a singer and as a woman. I am so sorry we’ve lost her. Goodbye my friend, Willie Mays.”