Published: Fri, August 17, 2018
Culture | By Jeremy Gray

Seriously ill Aretha Franklin visited by Stevie Wonder and Jesse Jackson

Seriously ill Aretha Franklin visited by Stevie Wonder and Jesse Jackson

The Detroit church once led by Aretha Franklin's father - and where she first tested her remarkable voice - filled with music once again Wednesday as dozens gathered for a prayer vigil for the ailing "Queen of Soul".

Aretha Franklin's family "appreciates" the "love and support" they have received since it was reported the star is "seriously ill".

"My prayers are with Aretha Franklin & her family during this hard time LOOK BELOW @ what I tweeted at the top of the year we MUST CELEBRATE the Living Legends while they are here to see it".

At this time, Franklin's exact condition remains unknown, but she's reportedly in hospice care surrounded by her loved ones.

Aretha's publicist Gwendolyn Quinn told People Magazine: "Aretha Franklin has been the Matriarch of the Franklin family since the passing of all of her siblings. I wish the best for her and I wish the best for her family", he told paparazzi. The 76-year-old announced plans to retire last year, saying she would perform at "some select things".

"I actually got a chance to talk to Miss Franklin about an hour ago", WDIV journalist Evrod Cassimy said during the station's noon newscast, describing himself as a "close friend".

The singer underwent surgery for an undisclosed illness in 2010, denying that rumors that she was suffering from pancreatic cancer.

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"This show is dedicated to Aretha Franklin", Beyoncé said.

Tim Franklin said the singer was "alert, talking, laughing, joking" when he and his brother visited her last week.

"She's watching TV, so god forbid she sees all of this 'Aretha's dead, ' so I don't want to dampen her spirits on that".

The mother-of-four Wednesday the American actor, who has three children from a previous relationship, back in 1978 - before they divorced in 1984. He wrote that she was "gravely ill in Detroit".

When asked if he wud give her the official grown, he replied: "Oh yeah, she deserves it".

DJ Khaled, opening for them, paid tribute to Franklin by getting the crowd to sing, "Respect".

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