Aretha Franklin Reportedly Gravely Ill

Aretha Franklin Reportedly Gravely Ill

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".

Franklin, who turned 76 in March, has been battling health problems for years, but continued to perform until as recently as last year.

Concerns are being raised for the health of soul legend Aretha Franklin, with reports surfacing that the iconic musician is now in a "gravely ill" condition. Her final public performance was in Philadelphia in August 2017.

According to Showbiz 411, "Aretha is surrounded by family and people close to her" in Detroit and "the family is asking for prayers and privacy".

"It was a miraculous show as Aretha was already then fighting exhaustion and dehydration", Friedman wrote, describing the Philadelphia performance.

Her statement came after she cancelled a string of concerts citing ill health.

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

Aretha was previously diagnosed with cancer in 2010, later confirming she had had a tumour removed.

The 76-year-old soul legend - who last performed at the Elton John Aids Foundation party in NY in November - is said to be at her home in Detroit.

It was in the late 1960s when she released some of her most famous songs, including (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman and Respect.

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