Beyoncé honours ailing Aretha Franklin at Detroit concert

14 August, 2018, 19:39 | Author: Eloise Houston
  • American soul singer Aretha Franklin a star on the Atlantic record label

She is also surrounded by her family and friends according to U.S. media.

"She's alert, laughing, teasing, able to recognize people", Franklin's nephew Tim Franklin told PEOPLE.

"I saw her a week ago Friday and we talked for about 45 minutes to an hour".

Detroit is Aretha's hometown, and where she is now at home surrounded by loved ones.

"We love you", Beyoncé said, thanking the 76-year-old Franklin for her "beautiful music".

The legendary singer is reportedly battling health problems and is being cared for at home in Detroit by family.

The soul singer has been dogged by reports of failing health for years and appeared frail in recent photos, but she has kept her struggles private.

On Monday, reports started spreading that Franklin was "gravely ill".

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She said at the time: "I will be recording, but this will be my past year in concert".

"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.

Beyonce has dedicated her performance with husband, Jay Z, to Aretha Franklin, drawing a thunderous roar from the Queen of Soul's hometown of Detroit. "I'll have more details as I'm allowed to release", Cassimy wrote on Twitter.

Fans and friends, including Mariah Carey and Missy Elliott, offered prayers and well wishes to Queen of Soul after news of her falling seriously ill spread.

Later, he wrote that he spoke with Franklin and that she "is resting and surrounded by close friends and family".

Last year, the icon announced her plans to retire, saying she would perform at "some select things".

Franklin's last known performance was at a private gala for the Elton John AIDS Foundation last November.

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