BREAKING: ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin Reportedly In Poor Health

The Queen of Soul is reportedly in poor health and is surrounded by some friends and family in her Detroit home. While it is unclear what condition caused the 76-year-old icon’s poor health, several media outlets are reporting she is “seriously” or “gravely ill.”

From Associated Press:

Aretha Franklin is seriously ill, according to a person close to the singer.

The person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to publicly talk about the topic, told The Associated Press on Monday that Franklin is seriously ill. No more details were provided.

The Queen of Soul canceled planned concerts earlier this year after she was ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest up.

And, via Fox News:

Aretha Franklin is reportedly “gravely ill” and surrounded by her friends and family in Detroit.

Showbiz411’s Roger Friedman reported on Sunday the Queen of Soul’s family is “asking for prayers and privacy.” Franklin’s family also confirmed the news to WDIV Local 4.

No further details about her health were immediately available, and reps for Franklin did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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Franklin, who turned 76 in March, has been battling health problems for years, but continued to perform until as recently as last year. Her most recent performance was last November for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York.

As Yahoo reports, Franklin accumulated 18 Grammy awards, including one for Lifetime Achievement throughout a career which began in the 1960s.

Franklin is known for “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” (1968), “Day Dreaming” (1972), “Jump to It” (1982), “Freeway of Love” (1985), and “A Rose Is Still A Rose,” (1998), as well as many other iconic hits.

Another notable achievement in her prestigious career was her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, becoming the first woman to do so.

Franklin was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005 by President George W. Bush. The award is the highest award for an American civilian.

In January 2009, Franklin was given the opportunity to sing at Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration.


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