Aretha Franklin's family confirm she is "seriously ill"

Deanna Kelley
August 17, 2018

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When the news broke a couple of days ago that Aretha Franklin was battling an illness from which she might not recover, her fans all across the world joined together to pay tribute in whichever way they could.

Smith presides over Detroit's New Bethel Baptist Church, which Franklin's father, the Rev. Clarence LaVaughn "C.L".

At the time, her management team issued a statement, saying her doctor had suggested she stay off the stage for two months and rest, and that she was "extremely disappointed she can not perform as she had expected and hoped to".

Last year Franklin announced her plans to retire from touring in February 2017, so that she could more time with family.

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Franklin cancelled concerts earlier this year after she was told by her doctor to stay off the road and rest up.

Aretha made her final public performance in August of past year at the Mann Center in Philadelphia, reportedly battling through "exhaustion and dehydration" to "miraculously" complete the show.

We believe she'll pull through it, she believes she'll pull through it, and that's the important thing. "We just want to send love and prayers".

Clarence Waldron, Franklin's former publicist, said Wednesday he was grappling with the singer's health crisis. "They took me to a concert and remember watching her backstage with her fur and diamonds commanding the room like a boss". "She's the best of the best". According to The Detroit News, more than 100 people gathered at the church to pray for Franklin.

When asked if he wud give her the official grown, he replied: "Oh yeah, she deserves it".

"We're hoping that God will shine down upon her and heal her again", he said.

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