According to a new report, singer Aretha Franklin is seriously ill. The Queen of Soul is 76 years old.
Entertainment reporter Roger Friedman of Showbiz 411 was first to address new concerns over Franklin’s health on Sunday, saying that the 18-time Grammy winner is “gravely ill in Detroit.”
Friedman did not disclose details of Franklin’s illness, but added that her family is “asking for prayers and privacy.”
Reporter Harry Hairston subsequently tweeted that according to a “close friend” of the music legend, she is “not doing well.”
Spoke with close friend of Aretha Franklin and family. Iconic singer not doing well.
— Harry Hairston (@harryhairston) August 13, 2018
Yahoo Entertainment has contacted Franklin’s representatives for comment.
Franklin, who last performed in public in November 2017 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 25th anniversary gala, has struggled with health issues in recent years. In 2010 she underwent surgery for a tumor but later disputed reports that she had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Her undisclosed illness has resulted in several concert cancellations. Most recently, Franklin had to pull out of performing at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in April on doctor’s orders.
Reports of Franklin’s poor health have prompted messages of concern from various music industry figures.
My prayers are with Aretha Franklin & her family during this difficult time 🙏🏾 LOOK BELOW @ what I tweeted at the top of the year we MUST CELEBRATE the Living Legends while they are here to see it. So many have given us decades of Timeless music…❤️ https://t.co/VVacLxcMSI
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) August 13, 2018
No 2018 U leave Aretha alone. Please please b ok Queen.
— Diane Warren (@Diane_Warren) August 13, 2018
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) August 13, 2018
Sending my love to a legend, an icon, a strong, fierce woman .. Aretha Franklin…. Much respect….
— Joan Grande (@joangrande) August 13, 2018
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