Beyoncé Dedicates Detroit Concert to Ailing Aretha Franklin

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

The Associated Press also reported that Franklin, 76, is "seriously ill", and noted that the singer has been battling undisclosed health issues in recent years.

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

Franklin was called to the stage that night in Washington, D.C.to honor Carole King, who co-wrote the song with her first husband, Gerry Goffin.

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. "Please keep her, the family and her longtime support staff in your prayers". He wrote that she was "gravely ill in Detroit".

News of Aretha's condition has left fans across the world concerned.

A report by the Mirror UK said the star is in "the final stages of a devastating eight-year battle with pancreatic cancer" and was receiving around the clock treatment.

"I am not sure of whose toes I may have stepped on or whose ego I may have bruised between the Grammy writers and Beyoncé", Franklin said in a statement at the time.

But though friends have disclosed the "Respect" singer has "been ill for a long time", her family remain hopeful she will pull through. "And the way you know that you can", she told Vogue.

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She added: "I've lost a lot of weight due to side effects of medicine, it affects your weight ..."

Arnetta Woods grew up with Aretha and took part of her Monday to walk through the icon's childhood neighborhood on LaSalle Street. "My love, prayers and warm thoughts are with Aretha Franklin", Paula Abdul said. "So many have given us decades of Timeless music".

Boy George said: "This is sad news".

"Pray for the Queen, Aretha Franklin, a true warrior and my dear friend", tweeted civil rights activist Al Sharpton.

Other hits include "Day Dreaming" (1972), "Jump to It" (1982), "Freeway of Love" (1985), and "A Rose Is Still A Rose" (1998). Folks, I've known for several months. She sang at the inaugurations of Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. You know something that God made.

Beyonce and JAY-Z are keeping Aretha Franklin in their hearts.

In 2005, Franklin was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest award for an American civilian - by then-president George W. Bush. "We were reminiscing about how blessed we were - only a couple two of us are around from that era".

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