Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

Aretha Franklin Is Reportedly In 'Gravely Ill' Condition

Aretha Franklin Is Reportedly In 'Gravely Ill' Condition

The Queen of Soul was in Detroit surrounded my friends and family preparing for her death, Showbiz 411 reported.

The news emerged Sunday evening, and many are eagerly awaiting further corroborating reports. She is also renowned as one of most successful artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide.

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.

Her sister Carolyn died the previous year in April 1988 from breast cancer, while eldest sister Erma passed from throat cancer in September 2002.

"I will be recording, but this will be my a year ago in concert", Franklin announced during a Detroit radio interview in February 2017.

Health issues: The Respect icon has struggled with weight issues throughout her life, and has battled alcoholism.

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In 2010 she underwent surgery for a tumor, but later disputed reports that she had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

The Queen of Soul is said to be surrounded by close family.

In a statement to Us Weekly, she said: "I'm doing well generally, all tests have come back good".

Aretha, whose biggest hits has included Respect, I Say A Little Prayer and Natural Woman, retired at 74 with one final album release, a collaboration with Stevie Wonder in 2017.

However, illness has affected her performing career over the past decade, with shows cancelled in 2013.

She said at the time: 'I must tell you, I am retiring this year.

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