Singer Aretha Franklin gravely ill in hospital

Mariah Carey and Missy Elliott among stars sending prayers to Aretha Franklin as she remains 'seriously ill'

The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is said to be gravely ill and now receiving hospice care in Detroit.

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

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

"I spoke with her family members this morning".

Aretha Franklin is now said to be "alert and laughing" at home as she continues to battle her illness. "She is fighting; she is doing her best and she is surrounded by an army of family and friends", FOX 2 Anchor Huel Perkins said, who is also a close friend. It was there that Franklin discovered her legendary voice at the New Bethel Baptist Church, where her father was a minister.

Aretha Franklin's nephew says the ailing soul legend is "alert and laughing" at home with her family.

Aretha Franklin 'gravely ill' in hospital
I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from and where it is now'. She said at the time: "I will be recording, but this will be my previous year in concert".

A TMZ source claims Aretha's health has been failing for weeks, and a fortnight ago her inner circle were warned: "She could go any time".

"We know she's battled cancer since 2010 and struggled with health on numerous occasions recently. So many have given us decades of Timeless music".

Beyoncé dedicated the whole show to Franklin. "Continued prayers for the Queen of Soul, Miss Aretha Franklin".

In 1989, her brother and manager Cecil passed away from lung cancer, one year after her sister Carolyn died of breast cancer.

Carey, who considers Franklin one of her biggest influences, wrote on Twitter that she is "praying for the Queen of Soul". President George W. Bush awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.

Standing outside the Motown Museum in Detroit on Monday, Linda Laura-Culbreath told AFP that Ms. Franklin had influenced a generation of women who were empowered by her songs.

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