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Tthe Queen of Soul is surrounded by her closest friends and family as he long battle against severe health problems takes another turn.

Franklin received visits on Tuesday from fellow icon Stevie Wonder and civil rights leader Jesse Jackson amid an outpouring of well wishes, a spokeswoman said.

The Queen of Soul canceled planned concerts earlier this year after she was ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest up.

In 1987, she became the first female to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Fans, friends and musicians influenced by Franklin offered positive words to the iconic singer when news broke that she was ill, including Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey, Chaka Khan, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tyler Perry, Missy Elliott and Wayne Brady.

Her nephew Tim Franklin revealed yesterday that the Respect singer is "in good spirits" and had been "laughing" with family in the last few days.

"My prayers are with Aretha Franklin and her family during this hard time", tweeted rapper Missy Elliott.

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

Tim Franklin, Aretha Franklin's nephew has given an update on the singer's condition.

Her family have now said they appreciate the "love and support" being showered on the legendary singer, who remains 'seriously ill'. "They have not only asked for prayers during this time, but they have also asked for their privacy".

The event, a celebration of the 76 year-old singer's six decades in music, is reportedly slated to take place at Madison Square Garden on November 14 under the banner "Clive Davis Presents: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin". She nevertheless continued to perform until late a year ago.

That same year, Detroit named a street after her.

Pastor Smith said he last spoke to Franklin just two months ago.

The singer announced she was retiring from touring in 2017, and her final performance took place at the Elton John AIDS Foundation benefit in NY in November.


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