Vigil held at Detroit church for 'seriously ill' Aretha Franklin

Sheila Mcguire
August 17, 2018

In 1987, she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

"I am so saddened to report that the Queen of Soul and my good friend, Aretha Franklin is gravely ill".

"And the last time I talked to her, she just said 'I'm not to be anxious about, and the church is not to be anxious about'". "I would call her the life blood". She is asking for your prayers at this time.

Franklin's publicist Gwendolyn Quinn told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Franklin's ex-husband, actor Glynn Turman, also visited the Queen of Soul, who is seriously ill.

"Everybody's fearful", Smith said. "She's definitely a queen and she's awesome so I really feel for her".

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Aretha Franklin is surrounded by those closest to her as the legendary singer receives hospice care.

FANS HAVE shared their thoughts and prayers with Aretha Franklin, who is reportedly "gravely ill". "So many have given us decades of Timeless music".

Pastor Smith said he last spoke to Franklin just two months ago.

At her concert in Detroit on Monday night with Jay-Z, Beyonce thanked Franklin for her "beautiful music" and said "we love you".

Other hits include "Day Dreaming" (1972), "Jump to It" (1982), "Freeway of Love" (1985), and "A Rose Is Still A Rose" (1998).

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The 18-time Grammy award victor maintained ties with the church throughout the years, including making financial contributions and hosting events.

In 2005, Franklin was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest award for an American civilian - by then-president George W. Bush.

But there were no hard feelings by 2013, when Franklin defended Beyoncé for lip-syncing during her performance at President Barack Obama's second inauguration.

The 76-year-old announced plans to retire last year, saying she would perform at "some select things".

"I will be recording, but this will be my past year in concert".

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What was likely her final performance was on November 2 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in NY.

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