Singer Aretha Franklin gravely ill in hospital

Singer Aretha Franklin gravely ill in hospital

"We love you", Beyoncé said, adding a word of thanks for "the handsome music". DJ Khaled, opening for them, paid tribute to Franklin by getting the crowd to sing, "Respect". "She has influenced so many people", said Shirley Marks Whitmore, a founding producer of the show, which is put on at Miller Outdoor Theater in Hermann Park every spring.

"Family is there with her".

Meanwhile, celebrity website TMZ has reported that a "long-time friend was told a week ago 'prepare yourself, she's dying.'" The source also adds Aretha was down to 86 pounds and her health was failing.

Beyoncé dedicated the whole show to Franklin.

Yesterday, reports emerged saying Aretha was "gravely ill in Detroit", with Roger Friedman saying in his Showbiz 411 column: "The family is asking for prayers and privacy". She got her start singing gospel music in a Detroit church where her father was the minister.

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A prayer vigil will be held at New Bethel Baptist Church for Aretha Wednesday at 5 a.m.

"She talked about this great, big special she was going to have in NY, with all her great friends performing", he said. She took her mother.

Aretha - whose three siblings all died of cancer - has battled ill health over the last few years and in 2011, denied she was suffering from pancreatic cancer, though she later admitted she'd had a tumour removed. 18 Grammys and the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Aretha Franklin's nephew says the ailing soul legend is "alert and laughing" at home with her family. Her final public performance was in Philadelphia in August 2017.

Responding to the hoax later the same day, the 75-year-old legendary singer told Us Weekly in a statement: "I'm doing well generally, all test have come back good".

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