Detroit Church Holds Vigil For Ailing 'Queen of Soul' Franklin

17 August, 2018, 10:43 | Author: Rafael Roberts
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"I am so saddened to report that the Queen of Soul and my good friend, Aretha Franklin is gravely ill", the tweet read.

No further details have been revealed yet but the concert, which has been approved by Aretha, is likely to feature stars performing her best-known songs, including Say A Little Prayer, R.E.S.P.E.C.T and (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.

Former President Bill Clinton spoke for himself and his wife Hillary in a thoughtful note shared to Twitter, saying to his millions of followers, "We hope you'll lift her up by listening and sharing her songs that have meant the most to you".

Opening act DJ Khaled also paid homage to Franklin, treating the crowd to a clip of what is arguably the 76-year-old singer's best-known hit, 1967's "Respect".

"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'".

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At the time, her management team issued a statement, saying her doctor had suggested she stay off the stage for two months and rest, and that she was "extremely disappointed she can not perform as she had expected and hoped to".

"This show tonight is dedicated to Aretha Franklin", she said, as seen in Mojo in the Morning's video. "My brother was there on Saturday and she was alert, talking, laughing, joking".

Franklin has had a number of health concerns, including reportedly being diagnosed with cancer in 2010.

The mother-of-four Wednesday the American actor, who has three children from a previous relationship, back in 1978 - before they divorced in 1984. When her father relocated to Detroit, so did she, but her mother remained in Buffalo, working at Buffalo General Hospital.

While the lineup for the Live Nation-produced gig has not yet been announced, at press time, it seems unlikely that Franklin will attend in light of reports from a source close to the singer that she is seriously ill.


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