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Aretha Franklin, remember her? She is a soul frontliner of the late 60’s through the 90’ eve till present. Presetly, she is said to be “gravely ill” in a Detroit hospice, according to her close friend.
Reports that the Queen of Soul is unwell first surfaced on Sunday evening with a Detroit news anchor seemingly confirming her family had told him the news.
“I am so saddened to report that the Queen of Soul and my good friend, Aretha Franklin is gravely ill,” Evrod Cassimy tweeted. “I spoke with her family members this morning. She is asking for your prayers at this time. I’ll have more details as I’m allowed to release.”
A friend has since confirmed the news to Associated Press but a rep for Franklin did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
Franklin, who is set to retire from live music in February 2019, last performed live last November at Elton John’s annual AIDS Foundation gala. She confirmed her retirement to Cassimy while simultaneously announcing plans to work on a new record with Stevie Wonder.
She cancelled her tour dates in March after her doctor told her to “rest completely” for at least two months. One of the shows would have marked the “Respect” singer’s 76th birthday.
In 1987, Franklin became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.