Aretha's publicist Gwendolyn Quinn told Associated Press that the 76-year-old has been visited by family and friends including Stevie Wonder, her ex-husband, actor Glynn Turman and U.S. activist Reverend Jesse Jackson. Young Aretha would visit Buffalo during summer vacations until her mother died in 1952.
Church attendees sing during a prayer vigil for Aretha Franklin, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 in Detroit.
Aretha Franklin's nephew has described her as being in good spirits and says he believes his aunt will "pull through", days after she was said to be gravely ill.
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". "We believe she'll pull through it, she believes she will pull through it, and that's the important thing".
Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson and music legend Stevie Wonder were among the latest to visit the 76-year-old icon, as news of her failing health led to a flood of well-wishes this week. "I'll have more details as I'm allowed to release".
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Appropriately dubbed "The Queen of Soul ", Franklin had over 100 singles on the Billboard charts over the course of five decades. She was diagnosed with cancer eight years ago in 2010 and last year announced her retirement from music.
At a concert in Detroit Monday night, Beyoncé and Jay-Z dedicated their show to Franklin.
Franklin's family have also thanked fans for their support at a hard time.
"Who is not a fan? I don't think there is anyone that Aretha Franklin's music has not touched or influenced in one way or another", she told the AP. "She's the best of the best". "She's definitely a queen and she's incredible so I really feel for her".
While the lineup for the Live Nation-produced gig has not yet been announced, at press time, it seems unlikely that Franklin will attend in light of reports from a source close to the singer that she is seriously ill.