Aretha Franklin is gravely ill in a Detroit hospital, according to her family. She is responsive and surrounded by her loved ones.
The legendary singer has been visited by Stevie Wonder and Reverend Jesse Jackson. Glynn Turman, who was married to the “Queen of Soul” from 1978 to 1984, also paid her a visit.
The legendary soul singer, 76, has battled numerous health problems throughout the years and said she’d be retiring from concerts two years ago.
Franklin is one of a few singers that have taken care of their voice over the years. She stayed away from alcohol, smoke, and air conditioning and really preserved her vocals. Many artists just do not have that level of dedication and discipline, let alone for years!
Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1942 and relocated to Detroit before she was 5 years old. At 18 years old, she was signed by Columbia Records. In 1967, she signed to Atlantic Records and launched many number one songs, including a cover of Otis Redding’s “Respect,” which became her signature song.
Franklin has received many accolades for her illustrious career; she was a Kennedy Center honoree in 1994, a recipient of the National Medal of Arts in 1999 and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. She was inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame in 2005, as well. The City of Detroit honored Franklin in 2017 by renaming a street, Aretha Franklin Way, in her honor.