In a 2011 interview with CBS Sunday morning, Franklin also wanted the crew to see the park she asked the city to name after him (Rev. Franklin died in 1984, after being shot in a burglary attempt and remaining in a five-year coma).
Reports surfaced about her being "gravelly ill", according to Showbiz411.
She performed at the inaugurations of presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, singing "My Country 'Tis of Thee" at the investiture of the country's first African-American head of state.
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In recent years, the singer had battled health problems which has forced her to cancel a number of concerts and performances. She won a whopping 18 Grammy Awards over the course of her career and sold more than 75 million records.
- In 1987, she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
A professional singer and accomplished pianist by her late teens and a superstar by her mid-20s, Franklin had long ago settled any arguments over who was the greatest popular vocalist of her time.
LaBelle herself shared her condolences after Franklin's death. He says she helped define the American experience and the gift of her music remains to inspire us all. "She was elegant, graceful, and utterly uncompromising in her artistry", the former USA president in a joint statement with his wife said". A musical icon in the truest sense of the term, Franklin captivated the ears and hearts of a nation with her powerhouse voice for more than 50 years, and will continue to do so for many years to come.
In 2010, she suffered serious health problems, but continued to perform until late previous year, singing last in November 2017 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in NY.