The 76-year-old Queen Of Soul has fallen into a “grave” illness and is now surrounded by family and close friends in Detroit.
Known worldwide and with a name that is instantly recognizable (even to some of the youngest generations), Aretha Franklin is a true legend and musical icon. Sadly, her health has declined rapidly in the last several months and now her family is concerned she will not make it.
BREAKING NEWS: I am so saddened to report that the Queen of Soul and my good friend, Aretha Franklin is gravely ill. I spoke with her family members this morning. She is asking for your prayers at this time. I’ll have more details as I’m allowed to release.
— Evrod Cassimy (@EvrodCassimy) August 13, 2018
WDIV Local 4, one of Detroit’s news stations, has confirmed the news with Franklin’s family and has provided plenty of updates as things progress for the iconic soul singer.
Roger Friedman, with Showbiz411, first reported that she was “gravely ill” on Sunday, August 12th 2018, adding that her family has asked for “prayers and privacy” during this time.
A close friend to Franklin and journalist Roland Smith tweeted a photo of himself and Franklin. Alongside the photo, he confirmed news of Franklin’s declining health and grave condition.
“Many of you are asking me to confirm the health status of @ArethaFranklin. Folks, I’ve known for several months. The Queen is surrounded by loved ones. That’s all I will say for now. Please keep her, the family and her longtime support staff in your prayers.”
Many of you are asking me to confirm the health status of @ArethaFranklin. Folks, I’ve known for several months. The Queen is surrounded by loved ones. That’s all I will say for now. Please keep her, the family and her longtime support staff in your prayers. pic.twitter.com/F6nMjHQjlP
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) August 13, 2018
The soul icon has had some health struggles ongoing for years but was well enough to perform at various shows up until last November where she joined many others at an event supporting the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Franklin is the recipient of 18 Grammy awards and 44 nominations. She’s beloved across all genres of music and is best-known for her songs “Respect,” “Natural Woman,” I Say A Little Prayer,” and “Chain of Fools.”
Watch Franklin and pop singer Andy Williams perform a unique duet of the beloved country hit “Gentle On My Mind” below.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Franklin and her family.