Watch: Aretha Franklin is in hospice care. Beyonce and Jay-Z Honor Aretha Franklin at Detroit Concert.

Aretha Franklin is in hospice care at her home, a source close to the 76-year-old singer told CNN’s Don Lemon. Word of the “Queen of Soul” being gravely ill...

Aretha Franklin is in hospice care at her home, a source close to the 76-year-old singer told CNN’s Don Lemon.

Word of the “Queen of Soul” being gravely ill was first reported by Showbiz 411.
Showbiz 411’s Roger Friedman told CNN: “She has a great family, she’s surrounded by love, and the world is sending prayers. All further announcements will be made by her family. We just want to send love and prayers.”
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.
In February of 2017, Franklin announced that she would stop touring, but she continued to book concerts. Earlier this year, she canceled a pair of performances, including at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, on doctor’s orders, according to Rolling Stone. In 2010, she was forced to cancel to scheduled performances due to fractured ribs and abdominal pain.
Franklin’s career spans six decades. She got her start singing gospel music in a Detroit church where her father was the minister. In 1960, she signed with her first major record label. By 1968, Franklin was an established soul chart-topper with hits like “Respect,” “Chain of Fools” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”
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.”
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. In 1994, at age 52, she became the youngest at that time to receive a Kennedy Center Honor. Franklin has 44 Grammy nominations and 18 wins. She has performed at the inaugurations of three presidents: Jimmy CarterBill Clinton and Barack Obama. President George W. Bush awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.
Aretha Franklin BET Honors!

Aretha Franklin BET Honors!
Franklin’s last album, “A Brand New Me,” released in 2017, remixed her vintage vocals with newly recorded arrangements.
Franklin’s last known performance was at a private gala for the Elton John AIDS Foundation last November.
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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With Franklin widely reported to be in critical condition and near death, Beyonce and Jay-Z started their On The Run II Tour performance at Ford Field by dedicating the show to Franklin, with Beyonce noting that, “We love you and thank you for all the beautiful music.”

Franklin and Beyonce, of course were once at odds after the 2008 Grammy Awards, where Beyonce referred to Tina Turner as “the Queen;” Franklin, the widely acknowledged Queen of Soul, took exception to that in a written statement afterwards, calling it “a cheap shot for controversy” — though she did conclude the statement with “love to Beyonce anyway.” Less than a year later, however, Franklin came to Beyonce’s defense when the latter was criticized for lip-syncing the National Anthem at President Barack Obama’s first inauguration.

Earlier in the evening on Monday DJ Khaled included a quick tribute to Franklin during his set, asking the crowd of about 44,000 to “send some love to Aretha Franklin before spinning her iconic hit “Respect.”

Franklin, 76, has been in declining health for the past couple of years and had retired from touring. She last performed Nov. 7 at an Elton John AIDS Foundation event in New York City. Her family has asked for “prayers and privacy” during this time.



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