Vigil held at Detroit church for Aretha Franklin

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                    Aretha on stage in April 2016

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".

Quinn declined to discuss the 76-year-old's ailment, but said: "She's seriously ill".

Former President Bill Clinton spoke for himself and his wife Hillary in a thoughtful note shared to Twitter, saying to his millions of followers, "We hope you'll lift her up by listening and sharing her songs that have meant the most to you".

Various sources have described Franklin as being seriously ill, and she recently cancelled shows due to ill health.

At this time, Franklin's exact condition remains unknown, but she's reportedly in hospice care surrounded by her loved ones. There were unconfirmed reports she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011.

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Dubbed the Queen of Soul, she announced her partial retirement a year ago, saying she would release one last album and perform at "some select things".

Her last performance was on November 2, 2017 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in NY.

An ailing Aretha Franklin was visited on Tuesday at her home in Detroit by Stevie Wonder, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and her ex-husband Glynn Turman, as tributes to the Queen of Soul poured in from around the world.

Numerous other artists - including Beyonce, Jay-Z and Mariah Carey - had also sent their best wishes.

In her heyday of the 1960 and 1970s, Franklin dominated the music charts with hits including I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You), (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, and Respect, a cover of an Otis Redding tune that became a song of empowerment during the United States civil rights era.

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