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ARETHA FRANKLIN “GRAVELY ILL”; TRIBUTES POURING IN

The news spread Sunday night that Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin was gravely ill. Showbiz 411 columnist Roger Friedman broke the news. Detroit news anchor Evrod Cassimy subsequently tweeted, “I spoke with her family members this morning. She is asking for your prayers at this time.”

Franklin is in hospice care at her home, a source close to the 76-year-old singer told CNN's Don Lemon.

Franklin’s nephew Tim told People that while she “is sick,” her family is “trying to keep her spirits up and go from there. We believe she’ll pull through it, she believes she’ll pull through it, and that’s the important thing.”


John Hammond and Aretha, 1961

The troubling news inspired a host of online tributes. Here's a sampling: 

SPENCER-SMITH LANDS WITH AG MANAGEMENT, WCM (UPDATE)
New manager, pub deal (6/28a)
BIZ RESPONDS TO ROE V. WADE DECISION (UPDATE)
Artists and companies unite. (6/27a)
PERFORMERS SPEAK OUT AT GLASTO
Singers voice their dismay over the Supreme Court's latest decision. (6/28a)
BST HYDE PARK: BIGGER THAN EVER
England swings. (6/28a)
BIG RED'S BIG POP RUN (UPDATE)
Nine in the Top 40 (6/27a)
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Theories of evolution from 30,000 feet.
THE NEXT GIANT DEAL
A&R in overdrive.
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