Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Aretha Franklin said to be gravely ill

Aretha Franklin said to be gravely ill

Breaking the news in his Showbiz 411 column, veteran entertainment reporter Roger Friedman said: 'Aretha is surrounded by family and people close to her.

Her family have asked for "prayers and privacy", the website reports.

The Queen Of Soul was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and returned to performing in 2013 after undergoing surgery.

She released her final album, A Brand New Me, in late 2017.

While social media users chimed in with prayers and wishes for Franklin's recovery following the reports of her illness, others wondered if these reports were similar to the ones from November 2017 that falsely claimed she had passed away.

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

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Aretha has previously denied reports that she was battling pancreatic cancer in 2011.

"I've lost a lot of weight due to side effects of medicine, it affects your weight", she added.

The Queen of Soul is said to be surrounded by close family. I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from and where it is now'.

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

Speaking warmly about her incredible career, she said she felt "exuberant" about her plans as she vowed to do "some select things, maybe one a month, for six months out of the year".

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has 18 Grammy Awards to her credit, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award and Grammy Legend Award, and has sold more than 75 million records.

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