Aretha Franklin 'gravely ill’ and ‘preparing for death’ in hospital

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Aretha Franklin 'gravely ill’ and ‘preparing for death’ in hospital

Shock and concern have spread around the music world overnight following reports that soul singing great Aretha Franklin is "gravely ill".

According to Showbiz 411, the 76-year-old is "gravely ill" and now "surrounded by family and people close to her" at a Detroit hospital in MI.

The 76-year-old performer is surrounded by friends and family, who are asking for prayers.

Aretha was reportedly diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and ordered to rest by doctors in March.

In 2017, Franklin announced she was retiring from full-on touring and public performances, preferring instead to do select dates.

The singer was forced to cancel two live shows in March on doctor's orders, with her last live performance coming at the Elton John AIDS Foundation in NY last November.

This said, Friedman's report does not confirm whether this has contributed to her current illness. She followed up in April with a canceled scheduled appearance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

"Spoke with close friend of Aretha Franklin and family".

Aretha is surrounded by family and people close to her.

Aretha - whose three siblings all died of cancer - has battled ill health over the last few years and in 2011, denied she was suffering from pancreatic cancer, though she later admitted she'd had a tumour removed. Last year, after postponing a June concert at Ravinia due to health issues, Franklin returned in September for what one newspaper report called a "dazzling" performance.

'I'm doing well generally, all test have come back good, ' she explained.

"Aretha Franklin" and "Queen of Soul" were trending on Twitter late Sunday and early Monday.

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