Detroit church vigil held for Aretha Franklin

​People are praying for Aretha Franklin in the Detroit church where the iconic singer's father was once a pastor.

Queen of Soul visited by Stevie Wonder, ex-husband Glynn Turman

A special vigil was held Wednesday for Aretha Franklin in the Detroit church where her father was once a pastor. The ailing Queen of Soul has had a stream of visitors this week, including Stevie Wonder, Rev. Jesse Jackson and ex-husband Glynn Turman. (Carolyn Kaster/The Associated Press)

​People are praying for Aretha Franklin in the Detroit church where the famed singer's father was once a pastor.

The special vigil at New Bethel Baptist Church began before dawn Wednesday, one day after Stevie Wonder visited the ailing Queen of Soul at her home.

Franklin's ex-husband, actor Glynn Turman, also visited Franklin, who is seriously ill.

A person close to Franklin, and who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to publicly talk about the topic, told The Associated Press on Monday that the singer is ill. No more details were provided.

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

Corrections

  • An earlier version of this story incorrectly said Rev. Jesse Jackson was among the visitors at her home Tuesday.
    Aug 15, 2018 12:35 PM ET