Aretha Franklin ill, Turkey currency, Trump tweets over former aide

Carla Harmon
August 14, 2018

"Family is there with her".

"She is an American performer at its very best", Lydia said yesterday.

Robert Smith, the current pastor at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit where Ms. Franklin's father was the reverend, told AFP that Franklin's representatives asked him on Monday to "keep praying for her".

"She's alert, laughing, teasing, able to recognize people", Tim Franklin revealed.

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".

"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".

She added: "I've lost a lot of weight due to side effects of medicine, it affects your weight ... I grew up with her", Woods said.

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

Aretha Franklin is now said to be "alert and laughing" at home as she continues to battle her illness. In 2015 Aretha sang for the pope, gave an acclaimed performance at the Kennedy Center Honors and one year after that performed the national anthem at the annual Lions Thanksgiving Day game. has contacted a representative for Aretha asking for comment.

A report by the Mirror UK said the star is in "the final stages of a devastating eight-year battle with pancreatic cancer" and was receiving around the clock treatment.

She later confirmed she had had a tumour removed.

Fakir, who calls Franklin "baby sis" because he's older than she is by six years, said despite her health troubles "she was talking about the future". "All tests have come back good". One of those select events was a gala for Elton John's 25th anniversary of his AIDS foundation in November in New York City, where Franklin closed the event with a collection of songs including "I Say a Little Prayer" and "Freeway".

In the past, three of Aretha's siblings have died of cancer.

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