Singer Aretha Franklin gravely ill in hospital

Aretha Franklin at her last live performance at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 25th Anniversary Gala in Nov. 2017

"She was telling me she rides around the city every now and then - she talks about how lovely it is again", Fakir said.

The Queen of Soul looked frail at the Elton John AIDS Foundation concert in November 2017. Fans and celebrities alike are paying homage to Franklin in hopes she will regain her strength despite the odds. She was originally scheduled to perform on her 76th birthday in March in Newark, New Jersey, and at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in April. 18 Grammys and the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Franklin performs at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 25, 2012 in Los Angeles. "My love, prayers and warm thoughts are with Aretha Franklin", Paula Abdul said. We MUST CELEBRATE the Living Legends while they are here to see it.

"She is (a) major reason we started this company and promote this music was to honor Aretha and those people who created this fabulous genre".


Franklin's hits include (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (1968), Day Dreaming (1972), Jump To It (1982), Freeway Of Love (1985), and A Rose Is Still A Rose (1998).

Many are saddened by the news of Aretha Franklin illness.

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that Franklin was "seriously ill", according to a source. "I'll have more details as I'm allowed to release".

The "Queen of Soul" captivates on "The Andy Williams Show" on May 4, 1969. "The family is asking for prayers and privacy", wrote Roger Friedman on the Showbiz 411 website. "She has influenced so many people", said Shirley Marks Whitmore, a founding producer of the show, which is put on at Miller Outdoor Theater in Hermann Park every spring.

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