Aretha Franklin Is Reportedly In 'Gravely Ill' Condition

Brenda Watkins
August 13, 2018

Shock and concern have spread around the music world overnight following reports that soul singing great Aretha Franklin is "gravely ill".

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

Showbiz 411 reported the family is asking for prayers and privacy.

Aretha was reportedly diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and ordered to rest by doctors in March.

In 2011 star was forced to deny she had pancreatic cancer after reading a report in a newspaper.

The 76-year-old has been battling numerous health problems for years and had to cancel a series of concerts due to "doctor's orders".

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.

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She also described him as a man who "loved conflict, chaos and confusion; he loved seeing people argue or fight". Since leaving the White House in December, she has penned a book, which she is now promoting.

The National Enquirer published reports in May 2017 of Franklin having lost more than 100 pounds because of a "cancer relapse", an anonymous source told the tabloid.

Aretha began her career the 1950s, and released her first album "Songs Of Faith" in 1956. "Iconic singer not doing well".

Her biggest hits include "Respect", "I Say A Little Prayer" and "Natural Woman".

She said at the time: "I will be recording, but this will be my past year in concert".

"Aretha Franklin" and "Queen of Soul" were trending on Twitter late Sunday and early Monday.

Franklin is the recipient of 18 Grammy Awards and was the first female performer to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

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