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

Danny Woods
August 13, 2018

Veteran entertainment reporter Roger Friedman of Showbiz 411 says the singer's family are "asking for prayers and privacy". Her loved ones are asking for "prayers and privacy" during this hard time.

The Queen Of Soul was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and returned to performing in 2013 after undergoing surgery.

The article reads: "Aretha is surrounded by family and people close to her".

"Oh God. Aretha Franklin is trending for the reason I feared".

In 2017, Franklin played her last few concerts as she prepared to retire from the live scene, appearing at Philadelphia's Mann Center in August for her final public performance and playing for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in NY on November 2.

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Her song "Respect" is generally regarded as her biggest triumph.

Franklin was scheduled to perform at L.C. Walker Area in Muskegon back in August of 2014 but cancelled the show after the show's promoter "was unable to meet obligations set by Franklin's management company".

During her glittering career, she has won 17 Grammy awards, as well as three special recognitions from the academy, and even achieved a Golden Globe award for Never Gonna Break My Faith.

"I will be recording, but this will be my previous year in concert", Franklin announced during a Detroit radio interview in February 2017. I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from and where it is now'. She is also renowned as one of most successful artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide.

Her performances have graced the likes of Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009 and she became the first female performer to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in in 1987.

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