Queen of soul Aretha Franklin is 'gravely ill', according to reports

Deanna Kelley
August 13, 2018

The family is asking for prayers and privacy, according to entertainment website Showbiz411, and its reporter Roger Friedman, who is a friend of the family.

Soul legend Aretha Franklin is reportedly "gravely ill" and "surrounded by family" in a hospital in her native Detroit, according to Showbiz 411.

In March, the 76-year-old canceled a birthday concert at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey.

The soul singer has not been seen in public since November past year, where she looked frail as she performed at the 25th anniversary of Elton John's AIDS Foundation in NY. This said, Friedman's report does not confirm whether this has contributed to her current illness.

News of Franklin's health was trending on Twitter Monday morning.

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We're praying that Aretha Franklin can pull though and will keep you updated with more details about her condition as they become available.

Her sister Carolyn died the previous year in April 1988 from breast cancer, while eldest sister Erma passed from throat cancer in September 2002.

A statement released at the time said doctors had advised Aretha to rest for two months and she was "extremely disappointed" that she was unable to perform.

"I will be recording, but this will be my a year ago in concert". However, while she admitted in 2011 that she had gone "through a number of procedures", Franklin told Access Hollywood that "I don't know where "pancreatic cancer" [reports] came from". However, she canceled a series of concerts, saying it was "doctors' orders".

During her incredible career, the soul star has gained 17 Grammy awards, three special recognition prizes and a Golden Globe.

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