Wonder, 68, struggled to hold back the tears as he recalled the final words he said to the soul superstar when he visited her home in Detroit on Tuesday.
He explained, “She wasn’t able to speak back, but her family felt that she could hear me, and so I just said all the things that I’ve always said and told her to say hello to my sister – that I lost this year as well.”
“But, you know, she did incredible music, incredible singer. She touched every genre. Every singer was influenced in some way by the way she sang, and they will forever be influenced by her because of her voice, her emotion, her sincerity is unforgettable.”
The musician even said he and Franklin had been talking about collaborating as recently as two months ago: “We’d been talking about it. There was a song that I had written called ‘The Future’, and we were going to sing it together.”
Getting emotional again, Wonder said: “I thought I’d cried my last tear.”