COLUMBIA, SC – U.S. House Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn (SC) today released the following statement about the passing of Aretha Franklin:

“I am deeply saddened by the news that Aretha Franklin has died. Not only was she the biggest artist of our time; she was a legendary activist and leader for civil rights. Her singing enriched our hearts, and her stature strengthened us all. I hope the Queen of Soul will rest in peace.”