Aretha Franklin in hospice care, source says

Cristina Cross
August 17, 2018

CNN reported Tuesday that Franklin is now in hospice care at her home.

He said Franklin aided the church by giving concerts to raise money and wrote "big checks" to help them feed those in need.

Clarence Waldron, Franklin's former publicist, said Wednesday he was grappling with the singer's health crisis.

Now, the singer's representative Gwendolyn Quinn has confirmed that Aretha is "seriously ill" and surrounded by members of her family. "Aretha Franklin, what a voice".

We wanted to take a moment and celebrate some of her greatest songs, especially ones that got people moving their feet to the beat.

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"Family is there with her".

Celebrities like Mariah Carey, Missy Elliott and Ciara sent love and support Franklin's way Monday morning.

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The card read: "Book of Love and Healing for Aretha, the Queen".

At the time, her management team issued a statement, saying her doctor had suggested she stay off the stage for two months and rest, and that she was "extremely disappointed she can not perform as she had expected and hoped to". "I really don't know what it would be like not to have her".

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The 76-year-old Franklin - who influenced generations of pop divas with hits such as "Respect" (1967), "Natural Woman" (1968) and "I Say a Little Prayer" (1968) - was said to be at a Detroit hospital and has asked that details of her condition not be made public.

Waldron, who worked for the singer from 2014 to 2016, told the Detroit television station he's maintained a friendship with her.

Another source told the news outlet that she has been battling cancer, a rumor that has existed for many years.

In an unusual move, a tribute concert produced by Live Nation and spearheaded by Sony Music Chief Creative Officer Clive Davis, who signed Franklin to Arista Records in 1980, has already been announced.

Her most recent performance was in November past year at Sir Elton John's Aids Foundation's 25th anniversary gala in NY.

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