A Virginia man is in serious condition at a hospital after he was shot during an argument over Aretha Franklin. Ms. Franklin, 76, died Thursday morning at her home in Detroit. She battled pancreatic cancer for nearly a decade.

A witness said he overheard two men arguing over whether Oscar winner Halle Berry had ever played the queen of soul in a movie. The witness told WTKR that's when he heard a gunshot ring out.

Both men received treatment at a local hospital and the victim is listed in serious condition.

Halle never played Aretha in a movie, but Ms. Franklin did want Halle to play her in a biopic based on her 60-year career, but Halle declined.

“Dreamgirls” star Jennifer Hudson accepted the role in the biopic, which is set to begin production next year.

In related news, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, right, joined mourners who gathered to remember Ms. Franklin at her late father's New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit on Thursday. Jackson, who was with Aretha in her final hours, is pictured greeting Rev. Robert Smith Jr., the pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church.

Mourners lay flowers and mementos at the door of the church, while others stepped inside to say a little prayer for the queen of soul.

The iconic Apollo Theater changed its famed marquee to pay tribute to Aretha in New York City on Thursday.

Photos by PNP/WENN.com, Ivan Nikolov/WENN.com, Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images, Mario Tama/Getty Images, Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

  • Julia Lyons

    Dumb...dumbs!????

  • Julia Lyons

    Dumb...dumbs!????

  • Yui

    Heard it all

  • Yui

    Heard it all

  • Around the world

    Thats so ridiculous.

    Rose's, did you see this story ?. Its similar to Nia Wilson's. And why wasn't this told nation wide.

    White Man arrested in assault of 12-year-old Fort Worth black girl walking to school bus

    https://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2018/07/18/man-arrested-assault-12-year-old-fort-worth-girl-walking-school-bus

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Man-Arrested-Charged-With-Attacking-Fort-Worth-Girl-Near-School-Bus-in-April-488543351.html%3famp=y

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c567f636d6a7fead7c470b4b621f0881f9a30a914f0a1f2b487c9e1a220438e9.jpg

    That being said. These cowardly racist scum are going after our daughters, because if they came at a black man, they would get their skull beaten in.

  • Around the world

    Thats so ridiculous.

    Rose's, did you see this story ?. Its similar to Nia Wilson's. And why wasn't this told nation wide.

    White Man arrested in assault of 12-year-old Fort Worth black girl walking to school bus

    https://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2018/07/18/man-arrested-assault-12-year-old-fort-worth-girl-walking-school-bus

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Man-Arrested-Charged-With-Attacking-Fort-Worth-Girl-Near-School-Bus-in-April-488543351.html%3famp=y

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c567f636d6a7fead7c470b4b621f0881f9a30a914f0a1f2b487c9e1a220438e9.jpg

    That being said. These cowardly racist scum are going after our daughters, because if they came at a black man, they would get their skull beaten in.

  • Rachel

    “Victim is listed in serious condition”

    Goodness she ain’t had a chance to sing a note in heaven yet, and this fool trying to join her. I like HB but I’m sorry she don’t have the pipes or the acting skillz to pull this role off. They need someone who done been through some stuff like Aretha to pull that biopic off.

  • Rachel

    “Victim is listed in serious condition”

    Goodness she ain’t had a chance to sing a note in heaven yet, and this fool trying to join her. I like HB but I’m sorry she don’t have the pipes or the acting skillz to pull this role off. They need someone who done been through some stuff like Aretha to pull that biopic off.

  • missmiami305

    IKR

  • missmiami305

    IKR

  • Libra80sBaby

    A damn mess....smh

  • Libra80sBaby

    A damn mess....smh

  • Solstice

    Let the isht shows and shenanigans begin. ???

  • Solstice

    Let the isht shows and shenanigans begin. ???

  • bemetoo

    look at that, whale back saggy mouth jhud already sign on to do a biopic. this fat head self center family sacrificing snake eye shity breath bad body bihh with legs that look like an upside down capital "Y" is ready to perform

  • bemetoo

    look at that, whale back saggy mouth jhud already sign on to do a biopic. this fat head self center family sacrificing snake eye shity breath bad body bihh with legs that look like an upside down capital "Y" is ready to perform

  • bella28498 .

    Smh.... so how do they explain this b.s to their family. I wish my husband would call me talking about he has been shot over an Aretha Franklin argument! Maaaaaan I just gonna leave this here.

  • bella28498 .

    Smh.... so how do they explain this b.s to their family. I wish my husband would call me talking about he has been shot over an Aretha Franklin argument! Maaaaaan I just gonna leave this here.

  • Libra80sBaby

    family sacrificing
    ------------------------
    Elaborate???

  • Libra80sBaby

    family sacrificing
    ------------------------
    Elaborate???

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    When her family was killed some people said it was a family sacrifice for the Illuminati to make Jennifer Hudson famous...Chile...

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    When her family was killed some people said it was a family sacrifice for the Illuminati to make Jennifer Hudson famous...Chile...

  • Wreckognize Game

    This tickled me because I imagined your face when you got the explanation. ?

  • Wreckognize Game

    This tickled me because I imagined your face when you got the explanation. ?

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    I bet you atleast one of those men where smoking a Black & Mild....our people be trippin sometimes...

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    I bet you atleast one of those men where smoking a Black & Mild....our people be trippin sometimes...

  • bemetoo

    lol thank u

  • bemetoo

    lol thank u

  • GuestSTAR

    Ridiculous, SMDH.
    Aretha wanted Halle to play her in a movie.

  • GuestSTAR

    Ridiculous, SMDH.
    Aretha wanted Halle to play her in a movie.

  • bella28498 .

    Low key I was laughing looking at myself receiving the fake news. ???

  • bella28498 .

    Low key I was laughing looking at myself receiving the fake news. ???

  • justlooking
  • justlooking
  • dru and neil

    Okay this is what IMDB is for.

  • dru and neil

    Okay this is what IMDB is for.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    and she failed miserably ... and it's all true .... no one fuggin with her .. Folks have done black magic for fame by the way .... Failing big time now

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    and she failed miserably ... and it's all true .... no one fuggin with her .. Folks have done black magic for fame by the way .... Failing big time now

  • DETROITTOATL

    Rest Aunt Retha rest. You will be missed your voice was one of a kind.

  • DETROITTOATL

    In my opinion Fantasia would rock the Aretha Bio. Cause that lady can sang.

  • Guess Who

    SMMFH

  • Miss Thang

    so JHud really is going to play Aretha?? nooo! I'd rather an unknown actress play her then. JHud does NOT have the chops. Dreamgirls was a one-off.

  • Bob Dilla

    I wonder why Halle said no. ?????

  • SumthinSweeter

    I think she (Halle) said a while back that the role should go to someone who can actually sing.

  • SumthinSweeter

    and probably drinking some wild irish rose.

  • chango1976

    Messy jesse on the set fbi agent who is on the govt pay role to cool off blacks when racist shit happen keep hope alive and pass by traitor check over here uncle sam ?

  • SweetTEE

    ...this happened in my neighborhood. Damn fools.

  • Alextra Ballard

    I am tryin so hard to restrain myself from crackin up. Som'n told me not to scroll down!!

  • Alextra Ballard

    Smh..I betchu it was fueled by alcohol

  • Alextra Ballard

    Whoever plays ReRe it gonna be some lip-syncing.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    ...and homosexuality. I can't imagine two heterosexual males arguing over Aretha Franklin and Halle Berry.

  • Vonn
  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    There is absolutely no likeness between Aretha and Halle Berry. Just like there's no resemblance between Nina Simone and Zoe Saldana.

    If you want an actress that can pull off a believable, physical portrayal of Aretha, my money is on Queen Latifah. If you want someone who can sing with the spirit of Aretha, Fantasia wins, hands down.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    LMAO!!!

  • MsPam

    Hell nah, JHud is not going to put that weight back on for a movie about Aretha.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    so if they're at the barber shop at 10/11am, they're retired? wth? Lol!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    Jessie.... ol; ambulance chasing azz, Lol!

  • bemetoo

    yea she did..aretha wanted halle because she could act, but she really wanted halle becase halle is pretty and she didnt want someone who is ugly to play her

  • bemetoo

    i take it you didnt read my post yesterday

  • bemetoo

    that Tub back bihh can sing

  • bemetoo

    did you read my post yesterday???

  • Li-Wright

    Wow! Stupid is as stupid does?

  • Li-Wright

    Jesse was also there when Dennis Edwards died. Why would you bring up ambulance chasing? He's not an attorney.

  • Li-Wright

    But Fantasia can't act. Aretha wanted an actress. She wanted Halle Berry or Audra McDonald (who was too old). But Jennifer is close to Clive and that's probably what was settled on. I hope the movie gets off the ground, but I can't imagine what age they would portry Aretha? Would they do it the way they did James Brown, get on up, and flash back? That was a damn good movie, Get on Up! Chadwick should have been nom'd for that role.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    FYI: Aretha was crowned the Queen of Soul by Chicago DJ Pervis Spann the Blues Man. I met Pervis through Herb Kent, who actually tried to encourage me to become a DJ or news commentator, because he loved my voice... and I was only 11. I am so lucky to have been born when I was born. I have met so many wonderful people. ?

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Y Halle decilned tho?

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Hehehe

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    I believe Jesse had something to do with MLK assignation

  • Rahab

    You go way, way back.

  • Phillybruh

    Yeah but the gays aint shooting that's some straight mess.

  • Phillybruh

    I imagine the movie has been moved up. I wouldn't be surprised if they went unknown now that Aretha has passed.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Lu Palmer... Richard Pegue... were a few of the people I admired on the radio.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    I don't know about that. A lot of "girls" are carrying guns, these days. In my day, they carried knives, ice picks, and straight razors.

  • WhoKnew

    Sail on Queen....

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Back in the day, the queens would fight over Diana Ross and Tina Turner. Yeah... this story sounds familiar. ?

  • pecancandy

    You still at it , I see.

  • KcoolMuziq

    I am so lucky to have been born when I was born. I have met so many wonderful people.

    Likewise!!!

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    I don't think there are any true legends in the making these days; just a bunch of idiots who are famous for being famous.

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    Another day another story about 2 big dummies. This reminds me of when James Brown passed. My uncle shot a man because they were arguing over Mr. Brown's height. What makes the story even more stupid is neither of them were drinking/altered at the time. His old azz was lucky the charges got dropped and the victim survived the minor injury.?

  • Phillybruh

    Yeah but they ain't arguing over Aretha Franklin and Halle Berry! Janet Jackson, Beyonce Whitney Houston then its the gays. But those two nah...lol

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Aretha said, Jhud was being considered for the part. She called her a good singer:

    https://youtu.be/cnz2d8kVFU0

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    LMAO

  • Li-Wright

    Does this describe Aretha? I think so.

    “I don’t care what they say about Aretha,” Billy Preston, who died in
    2006, once said: “She can be hiding out in her house in Detroit for
    years. She can go decades without taking a plane or flying off to
    Europe. She can cancel half her gigs and infuriate every producer and
    promoter in the country. She can sing all kinds of jive-ass songs that
    are beneath her. She can go into her diva act and turn off the world.

    "But on any given night, when that lady sits down at the piano and
    gets her body and soul all over some righteous song, she’ll scare the
    shit out of you. And you’ll know—you’ll swear—that she’s still the best
    fuckin’ singer this fucked-up country has ever produced.”

  • hottlanta

    Well Dump made it about him again saying she WORKED for him as if he was having a Frederick Douglass slavery flashback or she was one of his Visa seasonal workers at Mar Lar Go.

  • We Can Do This

    Her song When I See You was beautifully written and sung.

  • WokeBlackMan

    Damn I believe Floyd Mayweather had something to do with your ability to spell....”assaninatuon” #spellcheckisyourfriend

  • stacee

    Diva of all Divas..

  • Rayne

    I couldn’t even breeve JUSSIES air. Lemme go ??

  • Judi Jupiter

    Because she didn't have any real talent to give to that role...

  • Judi Jupiter

    Shiiiddd.. they got tranny gangs down here in the Atl...they're killing folks too...smh

  • Li-Wright

    OT: Glynn Turman, aretha's 2nd husband https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6jp24_A_nU

  • Juliaquan C Spain

    QUEEN will never be forgotten......

  • Alextra Ballard

    About you wishing she could see it?

  • RaginB

    ?I died.

  • KcoolMuziq

    Exactly!

  • bemetoo

    ??? I told y'all Tub back sink head thus was gearing up for a tribute

  • bemetoo

    yea and about what I said about jhud

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Damn nigga this ain’t the SAT. So what? What’s your point?

  • Alextra Ballard

    lol... yes ma'am!!..lmao..

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    U know what I was saying but u still took the opportunity to try to shade. We ain’t in a spelling be championship

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Trump is just an all around a$$!!!

  • BOSS

    Lol ? you crazy!

  • Music

    Aretha said that Halle was concerned that she couldn’t actually sing. Which is weird because Angela played Tina very well w/o singing a single note.

  • Music

    Chile...just imagine the foolish that will transpire if something happens to Beyonce or Rihanna...?

  • free

    yaasss lol!

  • free

    not the height though lol!!! i could see what song was the funkiest but not the height lol.

  • free

    that is a tough one though lol.

  • free

    that's what i'm wondering. re re goes from like 14 to 74.

  • free

    aretha wanted somebody CUTE chile lol!!!!

  • 6ue$$imh8n

    Omg, you know sometime when you listening to the radio and they're playing one artist back-to-back I don't really listen to the radio so when I turn it on and hear that I'm like oh my god did Jay-Z die lol let me get ready. I tell you one thing if one of them or Janet Jackson or somebody really up there guys I'm staying home for 3 days from work I don't want to hear about it I don't want to be in the middle of that mess or anything lol. I know especially with Beyonce they might act like its the rapture

  • Tiff J

    LOL I either think they died, or that it's their birthday.

  • Phillybruh

    But it ain't over Aretha Franklin its for your stuff..lol

  • WokeBlackMan

    Hilarious....its called a "spelling BEE"! damn you dumb as F**k...lol

  • WokeBlackMan

    ....and then you misspell "declined". This is funny AF...

  • Jordan’s Memory

    Yes if Beyoncé or rhi rhi pass it will be an Elvis situation because no one would believe they passed and they will swear they saw them alive 30 years later. OT I am shocked Halle passed up that opportunity, she should have been honored to play a young Aretha, especially at her request.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Are u the spelling bee champ? Get a life!!! Now spell that

  • Jordan’s Memory

    AAAAA-MEN!!

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Then why u talking to me? Seems like u dumb as fawk too! I misspelled fawk to just to let u know ??

  • Jordan’s Memory

    How the hell did the charges get dropped after shooting someone? A they say black men never catch a break. wth!

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Let’s get yo azz a trophy u need one

  • Jordan’s Memory

    You just answered my question I previously posted. I thought it was odd that she would decline such a role.

  • Li-Wright

    Trump has a way with words doesn't he? He posted pictures of Aretha and him when she played his casinos and events. That's what he meant that he hired her to perform at his casinos.....he is just not eloquent with the words!

  • Vonn

    It's sarcasm because you went all the way in on her.

  • Vegas1989

    I Swear...YOU NEED TO GO HOME NOW!!!!! You have me crying and my back is hurting even more...You are very lucky that I'm done with breakfast because How would I explain to the IT peeps that I messed up 2 24 in monitors and 1 28 monitor and a 3rd keyboard and a CAC reader?...SMH...I'm leaving in 3 hours....Happy Friday!!! Have a good weekend...

  • Vegas1989

    You are a hot mess this morning. I can't take no more.

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    That's still unknown. He and my aunt had been long divorced and no longer in contact. He had moved back to his home in Atmore, Al. where this happened.

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    Those two became local celebs because CNN picked up the story.

  • dontgetblocked

    What a way to honor the queen of soul.

  • SweetTEE

    Im quite sure they were drunk as cootie brown.

  • Rahab

    Lu Palmer Way, 34th & King Dr.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    I swear, I never understood gay men's fascination with Diana Ross, but when I was introduced to Love Hangover, Upside Down, and The Boss... I sort of got it. Still, Diana didn't go hard enough for me. I admire performers that either deliver powerhouse vocals or perform their asses off.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Did Aretha visit Billy when he was dying in an acute care facility in Arizona? No.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    ROFL!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    why are you being so literal? if you take issue with my comment, i care not. f(*ck off!

  • anonymouse

    Thank you for giving me this laugh! It was needed!

  • Kimocha

    2 FOOLS arguing and shooting over whether Halle ever played Aretha or not? REALLY??... Big Dummies!!...smdh. I'm glad Jennifer Hudson will play her instead of Halle... Jennifer is a better fit to me...