Recording artist Aretha Franklin performs during the national anthem before the game between the Detroit Lions and the Minnesota Vikings on Thanksgiving at Ford Field.

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Remembering Aretha Franklin's Beautiful 4-Minute National Anthem

Thanksgiving Day in 2016 might be one of the most memorable performances by the "Queen of Soul."

August 16, 2018 - 12:41 pm
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As the music world morns the death of Aretha Franklin, there are plenty of moments we'll remember from her singing career. 

Thanksgiving Day in 2016 might stick out for anyone who usually spends their holiday watching football. That's when the "Queen of Soul" sang the National Anthem at Ford Field before a Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings game. 

It lasted more than four minutes and is one of the longest renditions of "The Star Spangled Banner" that you'll ever hear. But it was undeniably powerful. 

Franklin passed Thursday at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit. The statement said "Franklin's official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin's oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute" in Detroit.

The family added: "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. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family."