Aretha Franklin, 76, 'gravely ill' as family ask for prayers

Tonya Becker
August 13, 2018

The Queen of Soul, 76, is surrounded by her family in Detroit, according to Showbiz 411.

Yahoo Entertainment has contacted Franklin's representatives for comment.

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

"I am not one to do a lot of talking about my personal health or business", she said.

"Aretha Franklin has been ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest completely for at least the next two months", read a statement from her management at the time.

"Aretha is surrounded by family and people close to her", he wrote in his column.

Her brother Cecil who was also her manager, died from lung cancer on December 1989. She will be so missed as a mother, sister, friend, cousin.

When asked if she would still be still be doing numbers like "Respect" and "Think", she said: "No, I shouldn't think so".

In an interview with Norman Jopling, which was first published in Record Mirror in 1968, Aretha talked about another of her popular songs, "I Never Loved A Man". I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from and where it is now'. Franklin said in August of that year that she had undergone a "miraculous" recovery, but continued to drop out of shows.

Aretha was the fist ever woman inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1987; and topped Rolling Stone's Greatest Artists Of All Time list.

Below, revisit Franklin's stunning rendition of the National Anthem at the 2016 Super Bowl, which marked one of her final live performances.

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