Aretha Franklin gets tribute at Jay-Z, Beyonce concert in Downtown Detroit

Aretha Franklin in 1969 two years after she rose to fame with Otis Redding’s Respect

Fakir said they talked after Franklin had stopped by his Detroit house when he wasn't there. The report mentions the possibility of numerous famous artists who wrote songs for Franklin or had their songs covered by Franklin performing, including Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Elton John and more.

"Continued prayers for the Queen of Soul, Miss Aretha Franklin".

"She was telling me she rides around the city every now and then - she talks about how lovely it is again", Fakir said.

Franklin's music is at the center of an annual tribute to soul music called "Dancin' in the Street, Motown and More".

The Associated Press also reported that Franklin, 76, is "seriously ill", and noted that the singer has been battling undisclosed health issues in recent years.

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Another source told People Tuesday that the recording artist - who won her first Grammy 50 years ago, in 1968 - "had been ill a long time" and that her passing was "imminent".

"She talked about this great, big special she was going to have in NY, with all her great friends performing", he said.

Franklin's last album, "A Brand New Me", released in 2017, remixed her vintage vocals with newly recorded arrangements. Earlier today TMZ reported that "doctors have informed Aretha's family today (Monday) is the day 'Aretha will pass'".

Franklin's career spans six decades. "That wouldn't be good either". 18 Grammys and the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I know millions of people have heard her music and heard her voice and been touched by her spirit. Celebrities and fans have offered an outpouring of support in the wake of the news of her illness.

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