Yesterday it was announced that Aretha Franklin had died from pancreatic cancer.
Elton wrote that the loss ''is a blow for everybody who loves real music: Music from the heart, the soul and the Church.''
He added: ''Her voice was unique, her piano playing underrated – she was one of my favourite pianists. I was fortunate enough to spend time with her and witness her last performance – a benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation at St John The Divine Cathedral. She was obviously unwell, and I wasn’t sure she could perform. But Aretha did and she raised the roof. She sang and played magnificently, and we all wept. We were witnessing the greatest soul artist of all time. I adored her and worshipped her talent. God bless her. My condolences to all her family and friends. We shared the same birthday – and that meant so much to me. The whole world will miss her but will always rejoice in her remarkable legacy. The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen."
Bernie Taupin, who was at the EJAF fundraiser, wrote on Instagram: ''How special that Heather and I where there to witness the final performance of the queen of soul. If anyone is guaranteed a place in Heaven it is the incomparable Aretha Franklin.''