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Aretha Franklin’s celebrity friends visit her bedside

Wednesday - 15/08/2018 03:18
STEVIE Wonder and other celebrity friends have flocked to the bedside of Aretha Franklin amid reports that the singer’s health is failing.
 
Singer Aretha Franklin (R) gets a kiss from Stevie Wonder during a news conference in Detroit in 2006. Picture: SuppliedSource:AP
Singer Aretha Franklin (R) gets a kiss from Stevie Wonder during a news conference in Detroit in 2006. Picture: SuppliedSource:AP

THE Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, has been visited by a flock of famous friends amid reports that she is on her death bed.

Fellow music legend and collaborator Stevie Wonder visited the singer at her home in Detroit, his publicist told Us Weekly.

Wonder co-wrote the track Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do), from her final album, 2017’s A Brand New Me.

Franklin’s ex-husband Glynn Turman, who was married to the 76-year-old singer from 1978 to 1984, also stopped by her home overnight, as did Reverend Jesse Jackson.

Reverend Jesse Jackson. Picture: AFP
Reverend Jesse Jackson. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

 

 
Aretha Franklin and her second husband Glynn Turman. Picture: Jet
Aretha Franklin and her second husband Glynn Turman. Picture: JetSource:Supplied

Us Weekly quoted an insider as saying the Respect singer was “hanging in there but recovery is not looking likely”.

Beyonce and Jay-Z also paid tribute to Franklin at their Detroit concert last night.

Soul singer Aretha Franklin. Picture: AP
Soul singer Aretha Franklin. Picture: APSource:AP

Beyonce said “this show is dedicated to Aretha Franklin, we love you and thank you for ll of the beautiful music.”

It is not known whether the couple visited the Queen of Soul while in Detroit.

Aretha Franklin performs on stage at the Elton John AIDS Foundation event in November, 2017. Picture: Supplied
Aretha Franklin performs on stage at the Elton John AIDS Foundation event in November, 2017. Picture: SuppliedSource:Getty Images

Franklin has been suffering from health problems since 2010 and while she has never disclosed what is making her sick, friends say she has been battling cancer.

Franklin, who has had 20 No. 1 singles (the most by any woman), was the first female inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Singer Aretha Franklin (R) gets a kiss from Stevie Wonder during a news conference in Detroit in 2006. Picture: Supplied
Singer Aretha Franklin (R) gets a kiss from Stevie Wonder during a news conference in Detroit in 2006. Picture: SuppliedSource:AP

She has won 18 Grammy Awards and was the first African American woman to appear on the cover of Time magazine.

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