Aretha Franklin gravely ill

Carla Harmon
August 17, 2018

Other reporters have also shared information, with Detroit news anchor Evrod Cassimy tweeting, "I am so saddened to report that the Queen of Soul and my good friend, Aretha Franklin is gravely ill". Just after the first song she addressed the "Motor City" crowd and said, "This show is dedicated to Aretha Franklin". The event, reportedly titled "Clive Davis Presents: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin", is scheduled to be at Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 14.

Quinn declined to discuss the 76-year-old's ailment, but said: "She's seriously ill".

Now, the singer's representative Gwendolyn Quinn has confirmed that Aretha is "seriously ill" and surrounded by members of her family.

'We believe she'll pull through it, she believes she'll pull through it, and that's the important thing'.

Visitors to the singer's Detroit home on Tuesday included her ex-husband Glynn Turman and Wonder.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z paused their Detroit concert on Monday after the show's opening song "Holy Grail" to pay a small tribute to Franklin.

Social media, meanwhile, was alight with affection, thoughts and prayers for the singer - led by former president Bill Clinton.

"Who is not a fan?"

And gospel music once again shook the walls of the church during the early-morning service in honor of the creator of unforgettable hits such as "Respect", "Natural Woman" and "I Say a Little Prayer".

Fans, friends and musicians influenced by Franklin offered positive words to the iconic singer when news broke that she was ill, including Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey, Chaka Khan, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tyler Perry, Missy Elliott and Wayne Brady. "She's the best of the best".

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

"We're hoping that God will shine down upon her and heal her again", he said. "I am not going to even deal with that", she told JET, PEOPLE reports.

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