News has just come in over the weekend that the beloved Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is "gravely ill." "Fox News" reports that family and friends currently surround her in Detroit.
"Showbizz411" first reported the news about Franklin's condition on Sunday, August 12. The report said that the family is "asking for prayers and privacy."
The 76-year-old gospel singer was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 but battled hard against the disease, according to reports. She refused to be taken down. On November 2, 2017, she performed at the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York; this was her last performance.
Franklin's last public performance was in August 2017 at the Philadelphia's Mann Center. The show was exquisite even though she was fighting dehydration and fatigue.
At this time, there are no further details of her condition. According to local news sources, Franklin is surrounded by loved ones but is seriously ill. Even though she will be missed by her mother, sister, and other family members, her legacy will live on indefinitely.
Franklin was born on March 25, 1942, and grew up in Detroit. Her father was a minister at New Bethel Baptist Church where she sang gospel songs as a child.
When she turned 18 in the 1960s, her singing career took off. She was signed by Columbia Records but only achieved modest success. Years later she was signed by Atlantic Records.
With Atlantic Records, she achieved her big hit songs, such as, "Respect," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "Spanish Harlem" and "Think." At the end of the 1960s, she earned the title, "The Queen of Soul."
Will you please keep Aretha Franklin in your prayers and her family as they go through this tragic time?