Prayers for The Queen of Soul. The Great Aretha Franklin Gravely Ill. ~Daily Kos


Aretha Franklin in 1970

The truly one of a kind Aretha Franklin, whose soaring voice inspired generations of musicians, vocalists, soul aficionados and just regular folk like me, is gravely ill at her home in Detroit.

Truly unique in a genre, R&B and Soul, bursting with talent, Aretha’s singular and powerful vocals swept over and helped to define a nation experiencing transformation, upheaval and profound change like a bluesy siren’s clarion call.

There will never be another.

‘Seriously Ill’ Aretha Franklin Visited by Luminaries, While Others Pay Tribute

Aretha Franklin performing at an event for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in Manhattan in 2017. She is ailing and “surrounded by family members” at home, a spokeswoman for her family said.CreditDimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

An ailing Aretha Franklin was visited on Tuesday at her home in Detroit by Stevie Wonder and her ex-husband Glynn Turman, as tributes to the Queen of Soul poured in from around the world.

A spokeswoman for the Franklin family confirmed the visits and said in a statement that Ms. Franklin, 76, is “seriously ill and surrounded by family members who appreciate the outpouring of love and support they have received.” Don Terry, a representative for the Rev. Jesse Jackson, said Mr. Jackson will be visiting Ms. Franklin on Wednesday.

No additional details of Ms. Franklin’s illness were given, and the spokeswoman, Gwendolyn Quinn, declined to answer further questions.

According to two people who were in touch with the family but were not authorized to discuss Ms. Franklin’s condition, the singer of “Respect” and “Natural Woman,” who is universally hailed as one of America’s greatest voices, has been receiving hospice care at home.

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