Published: Tue, August 14, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Drew Collins

Beyonce honours Aretha Franklin at Detroit concert

Beyonce honours Aretha Franklin at Detroit concert

According to reports, the 76-year-old singer is seriously ill and is under the watch of family and doctors at her home in Detroit's Riverfront Towers.

"Family is there with her", he said of the singer, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2010.

But she is "alert, laughing, teasing, able to recognize people", her nephew Tim Franklin told People magazine. "She's watching TV, so god forbid she sees all of this 'Aretha's dead, ' so I don't want to dampen her spirits on that". Rumors circulated that her condition placed her "near death", but her family has backed off that claim.

While he told the celebrity news outlet Franklin "is sick", the family is "trying to keep her spirits up".

Franklin, known as the Queen of Soul, is reportedly gravely ill.

Franklin's last album, "A Brand New Me", released in 2017, remixed her vintage vocals with newly recorded arrangements. In 1994, at age 52, she became the youngest at that time to receive a Kennedy Center Honor. No more details were provided.


In February of 2017, Franklin announced that she would stop touring, but she continued to book concerts.

"I am retiring this year", the iconic singer told a Detroit news station.

"This a year ago or so she's been challenged health wise but her spirits were high, always high, and her faith was always strong".

Franklin's career spans six decades. "By 1968, Franklin was an established soul chart-topper with hits like "Respect", "Chain of Fools" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman".

Considered as one of the great singers of all-time, Franklin is also a recipient of 18 Grammy Awards and was the first female performer to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

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