Aretha Franklin Died the Same Day as Elvis Presley Miss2Bees August 17, 2018 Her Source, Hip Hop News | Trending Hip Hop Stories Aretha Franklin and Elvis Presley have something else in common. On Thursday morning, Franklin passed away following a battle with pancreatic cancer on the 41st anniversary of Elvis’ death. Presley a.k.a. “The King” died suddenly in 1977 at the age of 42. He was found dead in his bathroom after suffering a heart attack. Franklin’s publicist confirmed the “Queen of Soul’s” passing in a statement: “We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.” The “Respect” singer passed away in her Detroit home surrounded by family and friends. She was reportedly in hospice for a week. She had surgery for cancer in 2010 and performed up until 2017.