Bishop Paul S. Morton issues statement on Aretha Franklin's passing

Locals who knew Aretha Franklin react to her death

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Bishop Paul S. Morton issued a statement following the passing of Aretha Franklin.

Aretha Franklin died Thursday after several days on hospice care, a source close to her family told WMC Action News 5.

Morton's statement read:

"I'm truly saddened by the passing of Aretha Franklin. Our friendship spans 50 years and it progressed to me being deemed her spiritual counselor. We were not only connected via our love for each other's music and vocal abilities, but via ministry as well...our fathers, Rev. C.L. Franklin and Bishop C.L. Morton, Sr. had back to back international radio programs on CKLW radio for over 30 years. Of course recording a song with the "Queen of Soul" is something I will always remember, but one of the highlights of my singing career was performing with her on the main stage at the Essence Music Festival. May the Lord bless and comfort the Franklin family in this time of grief. She's gone, but will never be forgotten."

Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr. is Senior Pastor of Changing a Generation Full Gospel Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia; Co-Pastor of Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church in New Orleans, Louisiana and Founder of Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International.

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