Aretha Franklin reportedly ‘gravely ill’ at Detroit hospital

Eloise Marshall
August 13, 2018

The singer is reportedly "gravely ill" and surrounded by her family and friends in Detroit.

The 76-year-old performer - who has won 18 Grammys - has been battling cancer.

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. The 18-time Grammy victor announced last February that 2017 would be her past year "in concert".

Showbiz411's Roger Friedman reported on Sunday the Queen of Soul's family is "asking for prayers and privacy".

The soul singer was also forced to cancel a series of concerts last summer on "doctor's orders".

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

A new report claims Aretha Franklin is in serious condition at a Detroit-area hospital.

Aretha's last public appearance was in November 2017, when she performed at a benefit in NY to mark the 25th anniversary of Elton John's AIDS Foundation. She was reportedly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011, but she denied reports that she carried the disease.

Her illustrious career includes performances at both Bill Clinton and Barrack Obama's inaugurations as well as being the first female performer to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

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