Aretha Franklin Is Reportedly "Gravely Ill" & "Surrounded By Family"


According to Showbiz 411, she's in a "gravely ill" state as those around her are preparing for the worst.

"The family is asking for prayers and privacy", he said.

Aretha has previously denied reports that she was battling pancreatic cancer in 2011.

The "Queen of Soul" has been battling numerous health problems which caused her to cancel a concert series previous year, per doctor's orders, according to BET. She will be so missed as a mother, sister, friend, cousin.

Aretha Franklin performs at the New Orleans Jazz Festival in 1994.

The article reads: "Aretha is surrounded by family and people close to her".

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The publication reported Aretha was "already fighting exhaustion and dehydration" during her last public performance in November.

While social media users chimed in with prayers and wishes for Franklin's recovery following the reports of her illness, others wondered if these reports were similar to the ones from November 2017 that falsely claimed she had passed away.

Harry Hairston, an investigative reporter at the NBC station in Philadelphia, tweeted that he spoke with a close friend of Aretha Franklin.

In a statement to Us Weekly, she said: "I'm doing well generally, all tests have come back good". In February 2017, she announced that she would be retiring from performing - though she still wanted to continue recording her music.

Franklin was also the first woman to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and has won a total of 18 Grammy Awards.

"Aretha Franklin" and "Queen of Soul" were trending on Twitter late Sunday and early Monday.