Beyoncé dedicates Detroit show to ailing Aretha Franklin


On Tuesday, Franklin's nephew, Tim Franklin, told People the music icon was at home with her family.

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.

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.

In 2017, Aretha Franklin told a local Detroit news station that she would be retiring after collaborating on a new album with Stevie Wonder.

"We believe she'll pull through it, she believes she'll pull through it, and that's the important thing", he told People.

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"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. "We just want to send love and prayers".

The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is said to be gravely ill and now receiving hospice care in Detroit. She is asking for your prayers at this time.

Monday night, to a crowd of more than 40,000 people, Beyonce fittingly dedicated her concert with husband Jay Z in Detroit to The Queen of Soul.

Franklin's final public performance was at the Mann Center in Philadelphia in August 2017, where she reportedly battled through exhaustion and dehydration to miraculously complete the show. I spoke with her family members this morning. "I'll have more details as I'm allowed to release", Cassimy wrote on Twitter.

That same year she was tapped to sing at the memorial service of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. where she performed a stirring rendition of "Precious Lord, Take My Hand".