Vigil held at Detroit church for Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin gravely ill

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".

Stevie Wonder visited an ailing Aretha Franklin at her home in Detroit on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z sent their love and well-wishes to Aretha Franklin by dedicating their Detroit OTR II show to the Queen of Soul.

News from Franklin's camp concerning her health has been limited, but rumours began in March, when the singer cancelled two of her concerts in New Jersey.

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Aretha made her final public performance in August of a year ago at the Mann Center in Philadelphia, reportedly battling through "exhaustion and dehydration" to "miraculously" complete the show.

The 18-time Grammy victor is one of the best-selling artists of all time and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

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

Local television stations later confirmed Franklin's illness.

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"My prayers are with Aretha Franklin & her family during this hard time LOOK BELOW @ what I tweeted at the top of the year we MUST CELEBRATE the Living Legends while they are here to see it". "I am not going to even deal with that", she told JET, PEOPLE reports. "They have not only asked for prayers during this time, but they have also asked for their privacy".

She won 18 Grammy awards throughout her storied career, including one for Lifetime Achievement.

Speaking to People about Aretha's health, her nephew said: "She's alert, laughing, teasing, able to recognize people". "Just got a chance to speak to Aretha Franklin".

In an unusual move, a tribute concert produced by Live Nation and spearheaded by Sony Music Chief Creative Officer Clive Davis, who signed Franklin to Arista Records in 1980, has already been announced.

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Waldron, who worked for the singer from 2014 to 2016, told the Detroit television station he's maintained a friendship with her.

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