Singer Aretha Franklin reported to be 'gravely ill'

Franklin, who turned 76 in March, has struggled with numerous health issues in recent years.

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

"Although she seemed a little fragile, she prevailed, singing in sweet, straining and soulful tones about troubled waters, prayer and hope".

Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul, is reportedly surrounded by family and friends and is in failing health.

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

She was performing but canceled a series of concerts citing doctors orders. I will be recording, but this will be my past year in concert.

Although Showbiz411 reported Franklin battled cancer in 2010, the singer has long denied she was ever diagnosed. Last year, she announced she was preparing to retire following the release of her new album and would be reducing the number of performances she does each year.

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

Franklin, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2010, last performed in November 2017 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in NY. "That wouldn't be good either".

Singer Aretha Franklin is reportedly in the hospital in serious condition.

She later signed to Columbia Records at the age of 18, with plans to move into secular pop music in line with Sam Cooke's career.

In 1987 she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

ED! has contacted Aretha's rep for comment.


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