Aretha Franklin is reportedly in ‘Gravely Ill’ condition

Aretha Franklin is reportedly in ‘Gravely Ill’ condition

Aretha Franklin is reportedly in ‘Gravely Ill’ condition

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

News of legendary American soul singer Aretha Franklin being gravely ill with family gathered around her, has been met with great sadness across the world.

The publication says the Queen of Soul was already "fighting exhaustion and dehydration" during her last live show in November, when she appeared noticeably slimmer.

She was performing but canceled a series of concerts citing doctors orders.

Aretha Franklin waiting for her cue during "The Gospel Tradition: In Performance at the White House" in 2015. Franklin's family also confirmed the news to WDIV Local 4. Her final public performance was in Philadelphia in August 2017. "This will be my past year".

Throughout her lengthy career, Franklin accumulated 18 Grammy awards, including one for Lifetime Achievement.

Her last performance was in November of last year, for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in NY, while a number of shows scheduled for this year were also cancelled under doctor's orders.

Although Showbiz411 reported Franklin battled cancer in 2010, the singer has long denied she was ever diagnosed.

"Franklin's hits include "(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).

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