Beyoncé & Jay-Z Dedicated Their Detroit Concert To ‘Gravely Ill’ Aretha Franklin

14 August 2018, 11:25

Aretha Franklin, Beyoncé and Jay-Z.
Aretha Franklin, Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Picture: Getty

The couple paid tribute to the ailing icon.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z dedicated their recent show in Detroit to Aretha Franklin, who is "gravely ill" according to various reports.

The superstar couple were performing at a stop on their 'On The Run II' tour at Ford Field in Detroit, the same city in which Franklin is allegedly battling an unspecified illness.

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After performing their first song, Beyonce reportedly sent her well wishes to the legendary singer, telling the crowd "This show is dedicated to Aretha Franklin."

She added, "We love you and thank you for all the beautiful music." 

Franklin, who turned 76 back in March, was originally diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and, according to Showbz 411, "bravely battled back" and "refused to be knocked out" by the illness.

Known as the 'Queen Of Soul', Franklin's last performance was on 2nd November 2017 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York.

The family of the singer, best known for hits including 'Respect' and (You Make Me Feel Like ) A Natural Woman', is asking for prayers and privacy at this time.

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Following the news, musicians including DJ Khaled, Missy Elliott, Kelly Rowland and more posted dedications to the ailing singer, who is reportedly receiving hospice care.

Meanwhile, Drake was filmed in attendance at the couple's Detroit show ahead if his upcoming performances in the city.

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