Aretha Franklin is in hospice care

Deanna Kelley
August 14, 2018

"She stepped right up at the beginning of the concert and dedicated it to her, and [we're] hoping and praying that Aretha makes it", concertgoer Selam Sanders said.

Aretha Franklin's nephew Tim Franklin said the singer was "alert, laughing and teasing", despite reports that the iconic singer was seriously ill.

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

- Fans and celebrities across the world are saying prayers for Aretha Franklin as news has come out that she is gravely ill. "We just want to send love and prayers".

The singer cancelled planned concerts earlier this year due to health concerns and was ordered by doctors to rest for two months. She got her start singing gospel music in a Detroit church where her father was the minister.

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"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". In 1994, at age 52, she became the youngest at that time to receive a Kennedy Center Honor.

Franklin was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1987 - a year before the Beatles were inducted. President George W. Bush awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.

She said at the time: "I will be recording, but this will be my previous year in concert". One of those select events was a gala for Elton John's 25th anniversary of his AIDS foundation in November in New York City, where Franklin closed the event with a collection of songs including I Say a Little Prayer and Freeway.

Correction: This story has been corrected to clearly identify that Aretha Franklin performed at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s memorial service.

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