Published: Wed, August 15, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Detroit church vigil held for Aretha Franklin

Detroit church vigil held for Aretha Franklin

The event, a celebration of the 76 year-old singer's six decades in music, is reportedly slated to take place at Madison Square Garden on November 14 under the banner "Clive Davis Presents: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin".

A source close to Franklin tells CNN's Don Lemon the 76-year-old "Queen of Soul" is being visited by people close to her who are reading messages from friends and loved ones, holding her hand.

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

Aretha's publicist Gwendolyn Quinn told Associated Press that the 76-year-old has been visited by family and friends including Stevie Wonder, her ex-husband, actor Glynn Turman and United States activist Reverend Jesse Jackson.

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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". She was surrounded by friends and family and they asked for privacy at this time.

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

Beyonce, who's now touring with her husband Jay-Z for the On The Run II tour stopped their show the other night in Aretha's hometown of Detroit and dedicated their performance to her.

Franklin's best-known songs span many decades and include Respect, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, I Knew You Were Waiting For Me and Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves.

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