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While he didn't divulge too many details about the situation, Showbiz 411 founder Roger Friedman wrote on Sunday evening that Franklin, 76, is now surrounded by family and other loved ones, who have asked for prayers and privacy for the legendary singer.

The singer, 76, is "gravely ill in Detroit", Roger Friedman reported on his Showbiz411 website. Most recently, doctor's orders prevented her from performing at the New Orleans Jazz Fest in March.

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.

Aretha is surrounded by family and people close to her. Her mother died before her 10th birthday and not long after, Franklin started singing in her first solo shows. I will be recording, but this will be my a year ago in concert.


BATTLE: Aretha was reportedly diagnosed with cancer in 2010.

She said: "I'm doing well generally, all tests have come back good".

Aretha, whose biggest hits has included Respect, I Say A Little Prayer and Natural Woman, retired at 74 with one final album release, a collaboration with Stevie Wonder in 2017. I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from and where it is now'. Franklin's father managed her during the early years of her career, with her grandmother and sister helping to raise the two boys.

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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