Fans offer thoughts, prayers from around the world for Aretha Franklin

13 August, 2018, 16:10 | Author: Heather Diaz
  • Soul Music Legend Aretha Franklin Is Reportedly Near Death

As Showbiz411 reports, 76-year-old Franklin is now surrounded by family and friends at a hospital in Detroit, where they are asking for both prayers and privacy at this hard time.

News of legendary American soul singer Aretha Franklin being gravely ill with family gathered around her, has been met with great sadness across the world.

She also revealed it would be her past year performing live as she announced plans to retire.

Showbiz411's Roger Friedman reported on Sunday the Queen of Soul's family is "asking for prayers and privacy". I will be recording, but this will be my a year ago in concert.

Speaking to Detroit radio station WDIV Local 4, she said: "I must tell you, I am retiring this year".

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Her statement came after she cancelled a string of concerts citing ill health.

The 18-time Grammy victor added: "I'll be pretty much satisfied, but I'm not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing".

Franklin was performing as recently as a year ago but she canceled a series of concerts citing "doctors orders". In 2010, rumors of her having pancreatic cancer spread like wildfire on the internet, though the singer adamantly denied them.

Throughout her lengthy career, Franklin accumulated 18 Grammy awards, including one for Lifetime Achievement.

In 1987 she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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