Soul singer Aretha Franklin will pull through, says nephew

Legendary US singer Aretha Franklin

Legendary US singer Aretha Franklin

Few details have emerged about the singer's condition or illness but she is said to be in hospice care, surrounded by family and friends.

More than 100 worshippers gathered Wednesday in a 5 a.m. weekly service normally attended by about a dozen members of New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit to pray for the gravely ill "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin, a daughter of the church once led by her father.

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".

At her concert in Detroit on Monday night with Jay-Z, Beyonce thanked Franklin for her "beautiful music" and said "we love you".

"Like people all around the world, Hillary and I are thinking about Aretha Franklin tonight & listening to her music that has been such an important part of our lives the last 50 years", the tweet read.

"Your music has moved and inspired a generation", he added, "so my prayers are with you".

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Actress and singer Mandy Moore praised Franklin as having "the most incredible legacy" while speaking to the Associated Press. "She's watching TV, so god forbid she sees all of this 'Aretha's dead, ' so I don't want to dampen her spirits on that".

Twyman, of Rockville, Maryland, described himself as a longtime fan.

Smith said the conversation made him feel "happy and sad at the same time, because I knew that meant she's recognizing that this long struggle might soon be over".

Beyoncé has a bit of history with Franklin, who publicly admonished her in 2008 after the pop star referred to fellow singer Tina Turner as "the queen" during a Grammys tribute.

While the lineup for the Live Nation-produced gig has not yet been announced, at press time, it seems unlikely that Franklin will attend in light of reports from a source close to the singer that she is seriously ill.

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