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Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, was strong till death, says ex-husband

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Tumman with Aretha Franklin in 1979



Aretha Franklin’s ex-husband has described the Queen of Soul’s final days after visiting her on her deathbed two days before she lost her battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 76 on Thursday.
Glynn Turman, who was married to Franklin from 1978 to 1984, was joined by Stevie Wonder when he paid his last respects on Tuesday.
The actor said his former wife was ‘strong until the very end’ before her death left millions of fans around the world devastated.
Aretha Franklin’s ex-husband has said she ‘was strong and full of life’ right up until she died aged 76 on Thursday
Speaking to ITV’s Good Morning Britain from Los Angeles, he said: ‘We were just both on the plane to pay our respects, both trying to hold onto the hope that everything would be alright.
Turman said when he arrived at Franklin’s Detroit home on Tuesday, her carer gently shook her and said “Aretha, Glenn is here.”
‘She woke up, opened her eyes and made contact. It was a wonderful thing to see,’ he said.
‘I could tell by the look in her eye, she knew it was me.’
‘I was holding her hand at her bedside, holding her wrist,’ the 71-year-old said.
‘Her pulse was so strong and full of life. Her breathing was such a defiance of what was attacking her.’
Turman, a producer and actor who has recently been in The Wire and House of Lies, said Franklin, his second wife, had a ‘great sense of humor’ and was ‘always cracking jokes.’
‘She had a repertoire of jokes she would try out on anyone,’ he said.
Turnman said Franklin was ‘strong till the very end,’ adding: ‘I was holding her hand at her bedside, holding her wrist, her pulse was so strong and full of life
Aretha Franklin (centre) poses with Glynn Turman (left) in 1980. The couple split in 1982 and then divorced in 1984
Memorials in honor of Franklin have started growing across the United States as her devastated fans, loved ones and fellow stars pay tribute to the long-reigning Queen of Soul. Pictured: Fans at the Apollo theatre in New York
Source: DAILYMAIL

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