Stevie Wonder cries recalling last words to Aretha Franklin

Stevie Wonder cries recalling last words to Aretha Franklin

Stevie Wonder cries recalling last words to Aretha Franklin

Franklin was cemented as a superstar in the 1960's, with classic hits such as "Respect", "Think", "I Say A Little Prayer" and "Chain of Fools" making her an icon around the world. At the time of her death she was at home in Detroit surrounded by friends and family. "In a lot of ways, her music and her voice have been a soundtrack to my life - maybe yours, too". She also revealed that she was donating her famous 2009 inauguration hat to the Obama Presidential Library, "That hat took on a life of its own". Aretha Franklin recorded albums until 2017 when she released her 42nd and final studio album A Brand New Me.

And Aretha Franklin has died. Truly, we lost a legend. "The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds", the family's statement read.

Franklin's body will lie in repose August 28 and August 29 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, which is located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Detroit.

Ever since the news broke of Franklin's death Thursday morning, fans have been gathering at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit to pay their respects.

And in California similar tributes quickly amassed on Franklin's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. "She is the reason why women want to sing".

Franklin was, of course, the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1987, opening the door for other women. In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine put her at the top of its list of the 100 greatest singers of all time, male or female.

A memorial concert is also in the works.

For those curious as to how former President of the United States Barack Obama handled the news of Franklin's passing, here's what he tweeted out: "Aretha helped define the American experience".

"Sitting down across from her just a few years ago, I was just about speechless", Lemon said before playing a clip of his sit-down with the Queen.

IT IS no coincidence that two of Aretha Franklin's celebrated contemporaries who travelled to Detroit to see the singer in the last stages of her illness were Stevie Wonder and Jesse Jackson.

Singer Ariana Grande's big week on late night continued with an appearance on Thursday's episode of The Tonight Show, but it wasn't amusing like her Late Late Show spots.

His sister passed away earlier this year.

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