Aretha Franklin is allegedly ‘gravely ill’ in Detroit, according to a heartbreaking new report. The Queen of Soul’s family and friends are by her side during this difficult time and have reportedly been told to prepare for the worst.
The legendary Aretha Franklin, 76, is reportedly “gravely ill” and surrounded by family and friends in Detroit, according to Showbiz 411. Her family is asking for “prayers and privacy” at this time. There has also been no confirmation that the Queen of Soul has been hospitalized. A longtime friend of Aretha’s was told a week ago, “Prepare yourself, she’s dying,” according to TMZ. The Grammy-winning singer is reportedly down to 86 pounds, and her health is failing. Her family and friends were reportedly told 2 weeks ago that Aretha “could go at any time.” The outlet reports that Aretha is allegedly battling cancer. Aretha had surgery for a tumor in 2010 and reports swirled that she had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the time, but Aretha denied the rumors in 2011. HollywoodLife has reached out to Aretha’s team for comment on this sad situation.
Aretha’s last public performance was in Nov. 2017 at the Elton John AIDS Foundation 25th anniversary gala. The singer was forced to cancel a set of concerts in April 2018, including the New Orleans’ Jazz Fest. “Aretha Franklin has been ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest completely for at least the next two months,” her management told our sister site Rolling Stone. “She is extremely disappointed she cannot perform at this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as she had expected and hoped to.”
Aretha is a music icon and one of the greatest artists of all-time. She performed “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors to pay tribute to Carole King. The incredible performance brought President Obama, 57, to tears. She has a number of hit songs, including “Respect,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” and “Chain of Fools.” She has five recordings in the Grammy Hall Of Fame: “Respect,” “Chain Of Fools,” “Amazing Grace,” “A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like),” and “I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You.” Get well soon, Aretha!