Vigil held at Detroit church for ‘seriously ill’ Aretha Franklin

People are praying for Aretha Franklin in the Detroit church where her father was once a pastor.

The special vigil for the singer, who is seriously ill, began at New Bethel Baptist Church began before dawn.

The prayers come one day after Stevie Wonder visited the ailing Queen of Soul at her home.

Fans in Lafayette Park across from the White House send encouragement to the family of Aretha Franklin (AP)

The Rev Jesse Jackson and Franklin’s ex-husband, actor Glynn Turman, also visited the star.

A person close to Franklin has confirmed that the singer is ill, though no further details have been released.

The 76-year-old cancelled planned concerts earlier this year after she was ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest.

- Press Association

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