Aretha Franklin is 'gravely ill', as family ask for prayers

13 August, 2018, 15:31 | Author: Conrad Doyle
  • Soul Music Legend Aretha Franklin Is Reportedly Near Death

The 76 year-old "Queen of Soul" Franklin, known for hits such as "Respect" (1967) and "I Say a Little Prayer" (1968), "is gravely ill in Detroit".

Breaking the news in his Showbiz 411 column, veteran entertainment reporter Roger Friedman said: 'Aretha is surrounded by family and people close to her.

The Detroit Historical Society reports that Franklin's family lived in Detroit shortly after she was born in 1942. Most recently, doctor's orders prevented her from performing at the New Orleans Jazz Fest in March.

"I don't know where "pancreatic cancer" came from", she said in 2011.

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HuffPost UK has contacted a representative for Aretha for comment, and is awaiting a response.

However, she bravely battled through the illness and took to the stage for her last performance on November 2, 2017, for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in NY. Yet reports by the National Enquirer put her extreme weight loss down to a cancer relapse and chemotherapy in 2017.

Aretha announced plans to retire past year following one last album, in order to spend more time with her family.

In 2002, her eldest sister Erma died of throat cancer.

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She told Detroit's WDIV Local 4 TV station: "This will be my past year".

"I will be recording, but this will be my previous year in concert".

According to Showbiz 411, the Queen of Soul is surrounded by friends and family.

During her hugely successful career, Aretha has won 17 Grammy awards, including three special recognitions, as well as a Golden Globe award for Never Gonna Break My Faith.

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In 1987 she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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