Aretha Franklin "Gravely Ill" According To Report

13 August, 2018, 16:12 | Author: Kenneth Collins
  • American musician Aretha Franklin performs on stage at the Park West Auditorium Chicago Illinois

Franklin, who turned 76 in March, has been battling health problems for years, but continued to perform until as recently as last year.

The legendary Aretha Franklin is said to be "gravely ill" and surrounded by her loved ones, according to an unconfirmed report from the US.

"It was a miraculous show as Aretha was already then fighting exhaustion and dehydration", Friedman wrote, describing the Philadelphia performance.

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

Her statement came after she cancelled a string of concerts citing ill health. In 2010, rumors of her having pancreatic cancer spread like wildfire on the internet, though the singer adamantly denied them.

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Aretha began performing at a young age, singing gospel music at a church in Detroit where her father was a minister.

Her last performance was on November 2, 2017 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in NY.

Franklin announced her retirement from making music early previous year, so she could spend more time with her grandchildren and her family.

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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