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Aretha Franklin gravely ill at 76: Queen of Soul surrounded by family

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Aretha Franklin ‘gravely ill’ at 76: Queen of Soul surrounded by family in Detroit as they ask for prayers

  • Aretha Franklin is reportedly ‘gravely ill’ and surrounded by her family in Detroit 
  • Her family is asking for privacy and are also asking for prayers for the legendary singer who has battled several health problems over the past years
  • The Queen of Soul, 76, struggled with obesity and occasionally cancelled performances for unknown medical procedures
  • In 2017 she said it would be her last year performing and then cancelled several appearances citing ‘doctor’s orders’ 
  • The ‘Respect’ and ‘Natural Woman’ singer won 20 Grammys throughout her career as well as three lifetime achievement awards 

Aretha Franklin is ‘gravely ill’ according to reports.

The Queen of Soul, 76, is surrounded by her family in Detroit, according to Showbiz 411.

They have asked for prayers and privacy for the the singing legend, who has battled health problems for the past number of years.

Fighting: Aretha Franklin is 'gravely ill' according to reports. She is pictured here during her last performance in NYC in November 2017 for Elton John Aids Foundation Fall Gala

Fighting: Aretha Franklin is ‘gravely ill’ according to reports. She is pictured here during her last performance in NYC in November 2017 for Elton John Aids Foundation Fall Gala

DailyMail.com has not received a response from Aretha’s representative for comment on her condition.

Aretha was performing as recently as last year; but last summer she canceled a series of concerts citing ‘doctor’s orders’.

Her last performance was on November 2, 2017 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York, the site reported.

Her final public performance was at Philadelphia’s Mann Center in August 2017. 

She had revealed earlier in 2017 that it would be her final year performing.

Icon: Aretha's family have asked for prayers and privacy for the the singing legend, who has battled health problems for the past number of years (pictured 1967)

Icon: Aretha’s family have asked for prayers and privacy for the the singing legend, who has battled health problems for the past number of years (pictured 1967)

‘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.’

While the report from Showbiz 411 is currently the only report on her condition, NBC Philadelphia’s anchor investigative reporter Harry Hairston tweeted just before 1am local time he had spoke to a friend Franklin’s who shared that the ‘iconic singer not doing well.’ 

Radio host Tammi Mac, also said on KJLH to pray for Aretha Franklin back in June. The radio station is owned by Stevie Wonder. 

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; she denied reports she was battling pancreatic cancer in 2011.

Health issues: The Respect icon has struggled with weight issues throughout her life, and has battled alcoholism. She was also previously a chain smoker (pictured during the White House Correspondent's Dinner in DC, April, 2016) 

Health issues: The Respect icon has struggled with weight issues throughout her life, and has battled alcoholism. She was also previously a chain smoker (pictured during the White House Correspondent’s Dinner in DC, April, 2016) 

However all three of Aretha’s siblings fell to cancer. 

Her brother Cecil who was also her manager, died from lung cancer on December 1989.  

Her sister Carolyn died the previous year in April 1988 from breast cancer, while eldest sister Erma passed from throat cancer in September 2002. 

To say Aretha’s career is legendary would be an understatement. Her career has helped shape American history.

She performed Precious Lord at Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral in 1968, with her father having organized the what would be the largest march for racial equality in the nation in Detroit, with King delivering his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech first there.

When he delivered it to the nation two months later in 1963 in Washington, the size of the crowd beat out those in Detroit.

‘We look at, and we reflect on his accomplishment, and his achievement in organizing the community in this way,’ Aretha said of her father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin, organizing the historic Freedom march down Woodward Avenue in Detroit. 

‘And I’m very, very happy and pleased and as proud as punch of my dad, having been the single person that organized it all,’ she said in ’63.

Aretha was the fist ever woman inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1987; and topped Rolling Stone’s Greatest Artists Of All Time list. 

She has won 20 Grammys in throughout her career, including three special honors: the Legend Award (1991), the Lifetime Achievement Award (1994) and the MusiCares Person of the Year (2008).

'This is it': She revealed last year 2017 would be her final year performing, though she would continue to record music (undated portrait) 

‘This is it’: She revealed last year 2017 would be her final year performing, though she would continue to record music (undated portrait) 

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