Vigil held at Detroit church for Aretha Franklin

Lawrence Kim
August 15, 2018

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".

Her nephew Tim Franklin said at the weekend she was "alert, talking, laughing, joking" and that relatives were "trying to keep her spirits up and go from there ..."

The 76-year-old cancelled planned concerts earlier this year after she was ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest.

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.

"Like people all around the world, Hillary and I are thinking about Aretha Franklin tonight & listening to her music that has been such an important part of our lives the last 50 years", the tweet read.

"She is seriously ill and surrounded by family members who appreciate the outpouring of love and support they have received".

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

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

Aretha Franklin, the legendary soul singer who has fallen gravely ill, has been visited at her Detroit-area home by fellow recording artist Stevie Wonder, US civil rights leader Jesse Jackson and ex-husband Glynn Turman, her publicist said. Franklin recorded a version of Wonder's song Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do) in 1973.

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