Aretha Franklin is reportedly alert, laughing, and talking

Legendary US singer Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin gravely ill

The singer's father CL Franklin was a preacher at New Bethel, where a young Aretha got her start singing gospel music.

"My prayers are with Aretha Franklin and her family during this hard time", tweeted rapper Missy Elliott.

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.

Franklin's nephew, Tim Franklin, told People Tuesday, "She's alert, laughing, teasing, able to recognize people".

'She is seriously ill and surrounded by family members who appreciate the outpouring of love and support they have received'. "They took me to a concert and remember watching her backstage with her fur and diamonds commanding the room like a boss".

There were unconfirmed reports she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011.

Actress-singer Mandy Moore, who stars in "This Is Us" with Brown, said Franklin has "the most incredible legacy".

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"I saw her a week ago Friday and we talked for about 45 minutes to an hour", he continued. "My brother was there on Saturday and she was alert, talking, laughing, joking", he continued.

He joined a chorus of other famous voices, including Mariah Carey, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Chance the Rapper, who offered well-wishes and prayers for the the 76-year-old singer. Rev. Jesse Jackson was scheduled to visit Franklin on Wednesday.

He also added that while his aunt "is sick", the family is doing their best to "keep her spirits up". According to the Detroit Free Press, the couple's opener, DJ Khaled, also played Franklin's hit "Respect", generating roars of applause from the audience.

The mother-of-four Wednesday the American actor, who has three children from a previous relationship, back in 1978 - before they divorced in 1984.

"She is gravely ill in Detroit". She is asking for your prayers at this time.

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