She added: "I've lost a lot of weight due to side effects of medicine, it affects your weight ..." It's not just that Rolling Stone called her the number 1 singer of all time, or that she is the Queen of Soul. Hours earlier, reports surfaced saying the 76-year-old Queen of Soul was seriously ill.
She was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
Family and friends have been gathering by her hospital bed in Detroit, having been told a week ago: "Prepare yourself, she's dying". We MUST CELEBRATE the Living Legends while they are here to see it.
He reportedly told concertgoers to "make some noise for Aretha Franklin" and offered his thoughts and prayers. Her final public performance was in Philadelphia in August 2017.
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Standing outside the Motown Museum in Detroit on Monday, Linda Laura-Culbreath told AFP that Ms. Franklin had influenced a generation of women who were empowered by her songs.
Aretha's nephew expressed concerns the 18-time Grammy Award victor would see media coverage of her illness.
'We believe she'll pull through it, she believes she'll pull through it, and that's the important thing'.
TODAY's Charles Croucher continued, "We wait to hear of further news from Aretha Franklin's family but those messages come from across the globe and from across the generations".
Roland Martin, a journalist who frequently covers Franklin, took to Twitter to address her health condition, writing, "Many of you are asking me to confirm the health status of @ArethaFranklin".