The music industry, actors and fans have been paying heartfelt tributes to iconic singer Aretha Franklin after her death was announced Thursday.

"It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Aretha Louise Franklin, the Queen of Soul," her family said in a statement. "We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers."

Franklin was a cultural icon whose career spanned six decades. She sang for presidents and produced a string of hits -- many of which became anthems during transitional moments in American history, including the civil rights and women's rights movements.

Franklin was an inspiration and friend to many. But, to everyone, she became known as "The Queen of Soul."

After learning of Aretha Franklin’s death Thursday after a battle with cancer, tributes poured in from actors, politicians and fans for the legendary songstress, whose six-decade career helped define American music.

Legendary singer and songwriter Smokey Robinson took to Twitter to celebrate his closest friend's life saying, "This morning my longest friend in this world went home to be with our Father. I will miss her so much but I know she’s at peace."

Aretha Franklin performs on Nov. 7, 2017, in New York City.(Nicholas Hunt/WireImage via Getty Images) Aretha Franklin performs on Nov. 7, 2017, in New York City.

Here are some tributes from across the globe to "The Queen of Soul":

The Recording Academy put out a statement that read in part, "Aretha Franklin was an incomparable artist who came to be recognized as one of the most profound voices in music ... Her distinctive sound, unforgettable recordings, and giving spirit will continue to be celebrated worldwide. Aretha will be dearly missed, and our thoughts go out to her loved ones during this difficult time."