Aretha Franklin's family 'appreciates' support

Aretha Franklin's family 'appreciates' support

Aretha Franklin's family 'appreciates' support

"BREAKING NEWS: I am so saddened to report that the Queen of Soul and my good friend, Aretha Franklin is gravely ill", the tweet read.

Stevie Wonder visited an ailing Aretha Franklin at her home in Detroit on Tuesday.

Franklin's family have also thanked fans for their support at a hard time.

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".

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

Aretha never forgot Buffalo and would often talk call out Queen City street names that she remembered while performing on stage.

"She's known God as her savior, certainly, but she had to believe that that voice that she has - that very special voice, I call it a gospel voice that comes from the soul, no matter what she's singing, it could be the Star Spangled Banner, but you could hear church right in it", he said.

Despite her condition, the "Respect" hitmaker's nephew Tim Franklin recently revealed she is in good spirits, although he is anxious about her seeing reports which state her death is said to be imminent.

The soul singer had been battling health problems for years. "My brother was there on Saturday and she was alert, talking, laughing, joking", Tim continued.

At the time, her management team issued a statement, saying her doctor had suggested she stay off the stage for two months and rest, and that she was "extremely disappointed she can not perform as she had expected and hoped to".

Speaking to People about Aretha's health, her nephew said: "She's alert, laughing, teasing, able to recognize people".

Tim added: "We believe she'll pull through it, she believes she'll pull through it, and that's the important thing".

Aretha's ex-husband Glynn Turman is said to have visited the Respect hitmaker.

"She is gravely ill in Detroit". He said he and his religious group held a prayer vigil outside the White House for Franklin in 2013, and she got better then.

Franklin's fans, including former US President Bill Clinton, have taken to social media to express their thoughts.

Related news