Beyoncé And Jay-Z's Detroit Tour Stop Was All About Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin

A person close to Franklin, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to publicly talk about the topic, told The Associated Press on Monday that the singer is seriously ill.

Beyonce dedicated her performance to the singer at the On The Run II Tour on Monday night in her hometown, while in the same show, DJ Khaled played Respect.

Ms. Franklin's declining health was first disclosed on the Showbiz 411 website late Sunday by Roger Friedman, a reporter and family friend. "She brought soul music to life".

"This show is dedicated to Aretha Franklin", Beyoncé said, according to the Daily Mail.

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

"I've been speaking with her family members", Mr. Cassimy said during a newscast.

Aretha sparked concern about her weight loss when she last performed in public at the Elton John AIDS Foundation gala in November. "We just want to send love and prayers".

Another source told People Tuesday that the recording artist - who won her first Grammy 50 years ago, in 1968 - "had been ill a long time" and that her passing was "imminent".

Under doctors' orders to rest and recuperate, Franklin canceled a raft of concerts earlier this year.

"She was ideal symbolically for that moment in time where she could speak to so many parts of America because she was that critical bridge between civil rights, religion and pop culture", McGuffey said.

Aretha - whose three siblings all died of cancer - has battled ill health over the last few years and in 2011, denied she was suffering from pancreatic cancer, though she later admitted she'd had a tumour removed.

"I will be recording, but this will be my previous year in concert".

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