Sorrowful Stevie Wonder reveals his last visit with Aretha Franklin on the eve of her death
Iconic musician Stevie Wonder got emotional while speaking candidly about his last words to Aretha Franklin prior to her demise.
Speaking in an interview with CBS This Morning, Wonder explained that his last conversation with Franklin occurred about 2 months ago. As soon as he talked about it, he immediately got emotional.
Admitting that Franklin could not talk much when he last visited her, Wonder further opened up that his last words to her were, “Say hello to my sister.”
The musical icon told during the interview that he did not want to visit Franklin at first because he could not see her in that painful state. But he flew to Detroit to speak with her.
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When he visited her she wasn’t able to speak back but her family thought that she could definitely hear Wonder. So the artist simply asked her to say his greetings to his sister who passed away earlier this year. Her decomposed body was discovered in her home, as per reports.
He also stated that he had several projects in plans along with Franklin. There was also the possibility of doing a duet with her for a song he had written.
It is believed that Wonder and Franklin were close and bonded great. Franklin had covered Stevie’s ‘Until You Come Back to Me’ and they had even performed it together at the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards in 2005.
Wonder revealed that her cover was the greatest gift from her to him. However, before she was a sensational star, Wonder had heard her sing in her childhood days in his father’s church services.
“I remember hearing her singing at the Reverend Franklin’s church when I was little — maybe I was 4 or 5 years old — because my mother would always listen to the church services on Sunday,” Wonder stated.
The Queen of Soul sadly passed away at the age of 76 after losing her battle with pancreatic cancer. Since her passing, many celebrities have come forth sharing her memories and paying her a tribute.