The legendary queen of soul music, Aretha Franklin, has been placed into Hospice as she is reportedly gravely ill.
Aretha Franklin announced that she would be retiring from touring on her doctor's orders. A person close to Franklin who said they weren't allowed to discuss her health told Associated Press on Monday that the 76-year-old singer was “seriously ill.”
Live Nation and Sony Music Chief Creative Officer, Clive Davis, who signed Franklin to Arista Records in 1980, produced a tribute concert for her during this difficult time. Davis announced that the event titled, “Clive Davis Presents: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin,” is scheduled to take place at Madison Square Garden in New York City on the 14th of November. Although Davis hasn't announced the lineup for the event it will feature R&B singers that will be performing covers of Franklin's most famous hits.
Franklin is currently surrounded by family and friends including singer Stevie Wonder and Franklin’s ex-husband, actor Glynn Turman, while Beyoncé and Jay-Z dedicated their concert in Detroit to Franklin. “This show is dedicated to Aretha Franklin,” Beyoncé said. “We love and thank you.”
When the news of her grave condition was released, 75 people gathered at her father's former church, The New Bethel Baptist Church, to pray for her well-being. Rev. C. L. Franklin led the church for 33 years in which 10 ministers and deacons from several other Detroit churches led the congregation at New Bethel Church to speak, pray and sing. Messages of support from celebrities and artists around the world have been flooding social media.
Mary Moore spoke to Associated Press saying, “Who is not a fan? I don’t think there is anyone that Aretha Franklin’s music has not touched or influenced in one way or another. She’s the best of the best.”
Although the world is holding onto hopes that Franklin will recover, many have taken the opportunity to remember her legacy and her charity work in which she had donated considerable amounts of money to the church and the community.