Aretha Franklin Vigil Held Amid Queen of Soul's Health Battle

17 August, 2018, 22:12 | Author: Ethel Goodwin
  • Aretha Franklin gravely ill

From regular folks to some of the biggest stars on the planet, the "Queen Of Soul" touched a lot of hearts in her life with her music, and many were eager to give her her propers.

Franklin was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and sang at the inaugurations of two presidents - Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

"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'".

A source close to Franklin told CNN's Don Lemon earlier this week that the singer was being visited by people close to her who are reading messages from friends and loved ones and holding her hand.

In a statement released to Express.co.uk, the publicist said: "Aretha Franklin has been the Matriarch of the Franklin family since the passing of all of her siblings". He wrote that she was "gravely ill in Detroit. I wish the best for her and I wish the best for her family", he told paparazzi.

Queen Bey dedicated her performance with husband, Jay Z, to the Queen of Soul drawing a thunderous roar from Aretha Franklin's hometown of Detroit. "She'll say what she wants me to know and what she wants the world to know".




The 18-time Grammy award victor maintained ties with the church throughout the years, including making financial contributions and hosting events. A spokesperson for Franklin could not be reached for further details on her condition at press time.

When her father relocated to Detroit, so did she, but her mother remained in Buffalo, working at Buffalo General Hospital. "I don't think there is anyone that Aretha Franklin's music has not touched or influenced in one way or another", Moore said.

And in New York City, fans have taken to redecorating the Franklin Street subway station in her honor.

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

Her most recent performance was in November previous year at Sir Elton John's Aids Foundation's 25th anniversary gala in NY.

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