The “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin is one of the best selling musical artists of all time and has even 18 Grammys. She began her career singing in her gospel choir when she was just a child but her career really took off when she was 18 and recorded her first album. She had countless smash hits as well as receiving countless awards for her them.
Franklin has had many health issues over the past few years but things seem to be getting worse for her rather than better. Back in 2011 rumors were spreading about Aretha being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer but the singer denied all the rumors. We aren’t sure what is the cause of her current health issues but it doesn’t sound good.
According to Daily Mail, Aretha Franklin is ‘gravely ill’ and currently surrounded by family and friends who are preparing to say their final goodbye, it has been reported.
The Queen of Soul, 76, is reportedly down to 86 pounds and has been battling cancer.
A longtime friend of the songstress said he was told a week ago to prepare himself because she was dying, he told TMZ.
He also revealed that Aretha’s family and friends were informed two weeks ago that she ‘could go at any time’.
Another source revealed to the site that Aretha has been battling cancer, although they did not disclose what kind.
Aretha’s family has since confirmed the reports of the singer’s failing health to WDIV.
The Queen of Soul was performing as recently as last year but canceled a series of concerts last summer, citing ‘doctor’s orders’.
Her last performance was on November 2, 2017, for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York and final public performance was at Philadelphia’s Mann Center in August 2017.
Aretha had revealed earlier in 2017 that it would be her final year performing after releasing her 42nd studio album A Brand New Me.
‘I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert,’ she announced during a Detroit radio interview that February. ‘This is it.’
‘I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from, and where it is now,’ she added.
‘I’ll be pretty much satisfied, but I’m not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing. That wouldn’t be good either.’
The Respect icon has struggled with weight issues throughout her life and has battled alcoholism. She was also previously a chain smoker.
While still amazingly performing into her seventies, the superstar has on occasion canceled performances for undisclosed medical treatments.
Aretha denied reports that she was battling pancreatic cancer in 2011.
However, all three of Aretha’s siblings fell to cancer.
Our thoughts go out to her and her family during this difficult time. She will never be forgotten.
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