Stars pay respects to gravely ill Aretha Franklin; tribute concert planned

Aretha Franklin in hospice care source says

But although friends have disclosed the I Say A Little Prayer singer has "been ill for a long time", her family remain hopeful she will pull through.

Visitors to the singer's Detroit home on Tuesday included her ex-husband Glynn Turman and Wonder.

As the Detroit Free Press reports, the couple opened their August 13 concert at Detroit's Ford Field by announcing that it was dedicated to Franklin.

News from Franklin's camp concerning her health has been limited, but rumours began in March, when the singer cancelled two of her concerts in New Jersey.

The 76-year-old announced plans to retire last year, saying she would perform at "some select things".

In 1987, she became the first female to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

CNN reported Tuesday that Franklin is now in hospice care at her home.

Despite her condition, the "Respect" hitmaker's nephew Tim Franklin recently revealed she is in good spirits, although he is anxious about her seeing reports which state her death is said to be imminent. I spoke with her family members this morning.

In a statement released to Express.co.uk, the publicist said: "Aretha Franklin has been the Matriarch of the Franklin family since the passing of all of her siblings". "I am not going to even deal with that", she told JET, PEOPLE reports.

When asked if he wud give her the official grown, he replied: "Oh yeah, she deserves it". "Just got a chance to speak to Aretha Franklin".

Franklin won 18 Grammy awards and dozens of other awards in her lengthy career.

"This show is dedicated to Aretha Franklin", she said, per the concert venue.

"I will be recording, but this will be my a year ago in concert".

But there were no hard feelings by 2013, when Franklin defended Beyoncé for lip-syncing during her performance at President Barack Obama's second inauguration.

Franklin last sang in November 2017 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in NY.

"She would have loved to have been here", Franklin's assistant Fannie Tyler told assembled news media, while thanking the church for the vigil.

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