Singer Aretha Franklin gravely ill in hospital

Aretha Franklin in 1969 two years after she rose to fame with Otis Redding’s Respect

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. She was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

Franklin's nephew, Tim Franklin, confirmed the 76-year-old star's status to People following an anonymous source on Sunday revealing that the soul singer's family was "asking for prayers and privacy".

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to publicly talk about the topic. She is also surrounded by her family and friends according to United States media. Reports come after her alleged fight with pancreatic cancer.

Beyoncé dedicated her show on Monday night to the ailing Aretha Franklin, in a tribute to the legendary songstress in her hometown of Detroit.

"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.

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"But at the same time they've got something to prove and previous year we gave most teams a run". He's settled really quick, as if he's been here longer than two weeks.

"This past year or so she's been challenged health wise but her spirits were high, always high, and her faith was always strong".

Missy Elliot retweeted a message she had previously shared with her following, urging everyone to celebrate living legends while they are still present.

He also told the magazine "she's alert, laughing, teasing [and] able to recognize people". She won 18 Grammy Awards.

"We believe she'll pull through, she believes she'll pull through it, and that's the important thing", he said. Detroit is Aretha's hometown, and where she is now at home surrounded by loved ones.

That same year she was tapped to sing at the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. where she performed a stirring rendition of "Precious Lord, Take My Hand".

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