Praying for Aretha Franklin

Lula Sharp
August 17, 2018

Jackson is expected to visit her on Wednesday.

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

People are praying for Aretha Franklin in the Detroit church where her father was once a pastor.

"When I think of Aretha, I think of my mother and I think of a strong woman who has done so much, who has accomplished so much [and] achieved so much, so it's super saddening to know that she's very sick".

Franklin was forced to cancel scheduled concerts in March and April of this year per doctor's orders, including her gig at the legendary New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Jackson told the Detroit Free Press that he has visited Franklin multiple times over the last "two or three years during the course of her illness".

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Franklin, 76, was hospitalized in Detroit on Sunday, according to Showbiz411. "Wishing you all the best, queen".

Actress and singer Mandy Moore praised Franklin as having "the most incredible legacy" while speaking to the Associated Press.

In her heyday of the 1960 and 1970s, Franklin dominated the music charts with hits including I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You), (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, and Respect, a cover of an Otis Redding tune that became a song of empowerment during the U.S. civil rights era. "She's the best of the best". With a saxophonist playing nearby, Rocky Twyman clutched a handwritten get-well card made from a white poster and appealed to passing tourists to sign it and pray for the singer.

Twyman, of Rockville, Maryland, described himself as a longtime fan. With his blessing, she went on to win 18 Grammy Awards and sold over 75 million records, making her one of the best-selling recording artists of all time.

Beyoncé has a bit of history with Franklin, who publicly admonished her in 2008 after the pop star referred to fellow singer Tina Turner as "the queen" during a Grammys tribute.

"We're hoping that God will shine down upon her and heal her again", he said.

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