The Queen of Soul, beloved singer of hits such as ‘Respect’ and ‘Natural Woman,’ is reportedly “gravely ill” and surrounded by her family in Detroit.
According to WDIV anchor Evrod Cassimy, Aretha Franklin’s family is now asking for prayers at this difficult time:
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
According to an insider, Franklin is “hanging in there, but recovery is not looking likely.” While battling cancer (currently unknown what kind of cancer), Franklin has dropped down to 86 pounds.
Franklin’s friend, journalist Roland Martin, shared this tweet today that also seems to confirm the direness of her health situation:
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
Franklin has been publicly battling health issues since 2010, but in 2011, she debunked rumors that she had been suffering from pancreatic cancer. In 2017, she cancelled a series of concerts due to health concerns. Her most recent public appearance was at Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City during Elton John’s 25th anniversary gala for the Elton John AIDS Foundation on November 7, 2017.
The 18-time Grammy award winner was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 1987. She recorded a total of 112 charted singles on Billboard and is currently the most charted female artist in the chart’s history. Unsurprisingly, she is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide. Franklin has had an iconic career and has been an inspiration to so many.
Our sincerest well-wishes and prayers are with Franklin and her family during this trying time.
What’s your favorite Aretha Franklin song? Were you ever fortunate enough to see her in concert?