Aretha Franklin is 'alert and laughing' at home

Tonya Becker
August 14, 2018

The soul singer had been battling health problems for years. Hours earlier, reports surfaced saying the 76-year-old Queen of Soul was seriously ill.

Later, he wrote that he spoke with Franklin and that she "is resting and surrounded by close friends and family".

She later confirmed she had had a tumour removed.

"She stepped right up at the beginning of the concert and dedicated it to her, and [we're] hoping and praying that Aretha makes it", concertgoer Selam Sanders said.

This year was to be her last on the road, though she said she would finish a recording project with Stevie Wonder.

"Family is there with her".

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

There are very few musicians Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards and her mother can agree on, but the legendary Aretha Franklin is the exception.

Ms. Franklin - who is widely known by only her first name, in true diva style - rose from singing gospel in her father's church to regularly topping rhythm and blues and pop charts in the 1960s and 1970s.

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

The Lemonade singer also added that "We love you and thank you", according to concert goers, as well as the venue, Ford Field, itself.

In 1989, her brother and manager Cecil passed away from lung cancer, one year after her sister Carolyn died of breast cancer.

She won 18 Grammy awards, including one for lifetime achievement, and sang at the inaugurations of two presidents - Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

TODAY's Charles Croucher continued, "We wait to hear of further news from Aretha Franklin's family but those messages come from across the globe and from across the generations".

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