Stevie Wonder at Aretha Franklin's bedside

Stevie Wonder at Aretha Franklin's bedside

Stevie Wonder at Aretha Franklin's bedside

The 76-year-old announced plans to retire last year, saying she would perform at "some select things". In 1987, she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

"And the last time I talked to her, she just said 'I'm not to be anxious about, and the church is not to be anxious about'".

On Monday, Evrod Cassimy, an anchor for Local 4 news channel in Detroit, broke the news about Franklin's heath and tweeted that the singer is now "resting and surrounded by family and friends".

Aretha's longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn told People magazine: "Aretha Franklin has been the Matriarch of the Franklin family since the passing of all of her siblings". He wrote that she was "gravely ill in Detroit".

Artists from across the musical spectrum offered well wishes to the legendary singer who has lived in Detroit - the Motor City, home of Motown music - most of her life.

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.

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

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"I've been speaking with her family members", he added.

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

"I loved how she has an ability to touch people's heart with her music", Johannessen said.

Pastor Smith said he last spoke to Franklin just two months ago.

Franklin won 18 Grammy awards and dozens of other awards in her lengthy career. It's from 2015's Kennedy Center Honors, and it's the time that Franklin brought the house - including President Barack Obama - to tears.

"She gives to the needy, the homeless", Franklin's assistant Fannie Tyler told assembled news media while thanking the church for the vigil. She nevertheless continued to perform until late past year.

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

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