‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin gravely ill, ‘in hospice care’

‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin gravely ill, ‘in hospice care’”

In 2017, she said she was planning on recording one more (as yet unreleased) album (with multiple tracks produced by Stevie Wonder); perform a select number of performances; then retire from music: "I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from, and where it is now".

"It is an honor to be in a position to even attempt to portray her in the show".

Thuli was one of the big names to pay tribute to the icon and add her prayers to those given by fans around the world. I loved the response from the audience and everyone who has been calling and texting. In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine put her at the top of its list of the 100 greatest singers of all time, male or female.

"Aretha was not just an entertainer, she was also a cause activist", Lawson said.

"It's very satisfying. To perform the way you want to". Folks, I've known for several months. "And the way you know that you can", she told Vogue. There's a lot of air in Kennedy Center, and no matter where I went, the air was on. I couldn't escape it.

Relatives say she is surrounded by family and friends during this hard time, they are asking for prayers.

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

Standing outside the Motown Museum in Detroit on Monday, Linda Laura-Culbreath told AFP that Ms. Franklin had influenced a generation of women who were empowered by her songs.

Roland Martin, a journalist who frequently covers Franklin, took to Twitter to address her health condition, writing, "Many of you are asking me to confirm the health status of @ArethaFranklin".

Aretha - whose three siblings all died of cancer - has battled ill health over the last few years and in 2011, denied she was suffering from pancreatic cancer, though she later admitted she'd had a tumour removed.

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