Thuli Madonsela joins prayers for 'gravely ill' Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin at her last live performance at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 25th Anniversary Gala in Nov. 2017

Franklin underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer in 2010, and has battled undisclosed health issues in recent years, cancelling several planned concerts earlier this year as a result. 18 Grammys and the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Fans and friends, including Mariah Carey and Missy Elliott, offered prayers and well wishes to Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, who is seriously ill.

But though friends have disclosed the "Respect" singer has "been ill for a long time", her family remain hopeful she will pull through.

Turkey's floundering economy exacerbated by Trump tariffs
Erdogan has been putting pressure on the central bank to not raise interest rates in order to keep fueling economic growth. Trump's announcement saw the Turkish lira drop even further, crashing to a 19 percent daily loss against the greenback.

A day after Aretha Franklin was confirmed to be "gravely ill," her family says she's resting at home and that they remain hopeful.

"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.

She said: "I'm doing well generally, all test have come back good".

White House adviser Bolton urges North Korea to act on denuclearization
It has urged Washington to take reciprocal steps including officially declaring an end to the war and dropping sanctions.

Franklin's music is at the center of an annual tribute to soul music called "Dancin' in the Street, Motown and More". Her nephew, Tim Franklin, 60, told the celebrity website Radar that she was in hospice care at her home in Detroit. President George W. Bush awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. Detroit is Aretha's hometown, and where she is now at home surrounded by loved ones.

"We all were blessed with pure talent", said the 53-year-old musician, who was visiting from Milwaukee. Rumors circulated that her condition placed her "near death", but her family has backed off that claim. She was originally scheduled to perform on her 76th birthday in March in Newark, New Jersey, and at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in April.

"I'll be pretty much satisfied, but I'm not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing".

Sony launches limited-edition PlayStation 4 Pro
The other standout feature is that it comes with a 2TB hard drive, doubling the capacity of current PlayStation 4 Pro consoles . The 500 Million Limited Edition PS4 Pro features a attractive dark blue translucent shell and a roomy 2TB hard drive.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Photo of White Pixel 3 XL Smartphone Leaks Online
Aug 14, 2018 - 17:42
The leak shows us both the front and the back of the phone, which will apparently come in a "Clear White" color option. Of course, it's also running Android 9 - the latest version of the operating system that was launched this week .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Omarosa’s White House recordings fuel Trump woes
Aug 14, 2018 - 17:14
The reason why Omarosa is facing a wrath of contradiction is because she can't keep her lies straight", said Pierson. He said that he had a conversation with television producer Mark Burnett, who told him no such tape existed.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Partial Solar Eclipse 2018
Aug 14, 2018 - 15:40
What is a solar eclipse? When are the next solar eclipses? Recognize that sleep should not occur during eclipse. In addition, the solar Eclipse causes the people and animals anxiety, can develop a state of inner dissonance.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Joe Root says England can not get complacent despite India woes
Aug 13, 2018 - 18:29
However, they have been thoroughly dominated by Joe Root and Co and have been found wanting especially in the batting department. Anderson, who took his 100th Test wicket at Lord's earlier in the day, returned to dismiss Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Shami.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Asia shares dip as Turkey's lira tanks
Aug 13, 2018 - 18:27
A Financial Times report meanwhile suggests the European Central Bank does not yet view the situation in Turkey as critical. Many analysts have said the problem wouldn't be so out of hand if Turkey's central bank had been left to do its job.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Messi becomes Barca's most decorated player with 33rd title
Aug 13, 2018 - 18:24
Sevilla qualified for the Supercopa as runners-up of the Copa del Rey following Barcelona's domestic double. In their last notice for the 18-19 season, only three were due to be permitted, without exception.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Saudi king, crown prince congratulate Pakistan's Imran Khan on victory
Aug 13, 2018 - 13:13
Reportedly, several leaders are in the running for the coveted seat, which is second only to the premier in importance. But still the PTI will be heavily dependent on the smaller parties and its government may be virtually at their mercy.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ex-White House staff Omarosa Manigault releases tape of her firing
Aug 13, 2018 - 12:26
Omarosa married her second husband in 2017 in the ballroom of Trump's luxury Washington hotel. Manigault Newman said in the book that she had not personally heard the recording.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Arsenal coach Unai Emery: Stan Kroenke takeover of club is 'positive'
Aug 11, 2018 - 19:35
Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi and Bernd Leno were all drafted in. What we'll see Arsenal do more this season is win games tactically.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Chelsea star set to join Serie A giants AC Milan
Aug 11, 2018 - 18:53
Sarri told reporters on Friday that he was looking to operate a squad of around 22 players with only a few youngsters. Bakayoko made 43 appearances across all competitions for Chelsea last term. "But I don't know who at the moment".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Gretchen Whitmer Handily Wins Michigan's Democratic Gubernatorial Primary
Aug 11, 2018 - 18:32
Schuette has long fashioned himself after Trump, and he soared in polling once receiving the endorsement of the president. But Whitmer wants the debates focused on different issues.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Everton Complete Signing Of Manchester United Target On Deadline Day
Aug 11, 2018 - 18:11
Wright then went on to use their pivotal match-ups from last season as reason for the Mercysiders to lift the trophy at the end of the year.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top West Nile found in Brattleboro
Aug 11, 2018 - 11:43
Empty containers and change water weekly in containers that can not be removed, such as bird baths, pet dishes and wading pools. The Health Department's Vector-borne Disease Program is responsible for tracking and responding to mosquito-borne diseases.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Arsenal accept deal to sell 29-year-old to Sporting Lisbon
Aug 10, 2018 - 11:52
The 29-year-old joined the Hammers after spending two years on loan with Deportivo La Caruna since 2017. West Ham have confirmed the signing of Colombia global midfielder Carlos Sanchez from Fiorentina.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top First Official Gameplay Trailer For Red Dead Redemption 2 Has Dropped
Aug 10, 2018 - 10:16
Of course it's still possible we could see a port of both games to PC at the same time but that's if we're being very optimistic. Your choices will shape your experience, and getting to know more people can help you learn secrets and open up side quests.