Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is said to be “gravely ill,” according to her family and friends.
Showbiz 411 columnist Roger Friedman first reported on Sunday that Franklin is “gravely ill” and that her family and friends are “asking for prayers and privacy.”
Detroit news anchor Evrod Cassimy confirmed Franklin’s health condition tweeting,”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.”
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
A source told Us Weekly that Franklin is “comfortable at home” but her “body is breaking down.” The singer is reportedly “hanging in there, but recovery is not looking likely.”
Radio host Tom Joyner, who is a close friend of Franklin’s, confirmed to the Detroit News that Franklin is in hospice care. An anonymous source also told the Associated Press that Franklin is “seriously ill.”
In February 2017, Franklin officially announced her retirement to Detroit TV station WDIV Local 4 saying: “I am retiring this year. I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it.”
However, she did have plans to perform for “some select things” in the future.
Those select performances included a show in Newark, New Jersey in March on her 76th birthday and a show at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in April. Both shows were canceled due to doctor’s orders that she rest. The condition of her health was not announced at that time.
Franklin’s last performance was at Elton John’s annual AIDS Foundation gala in November 2017.
Her most recent project is an album collaboration with Stevie Wonder which is expected to be released in November.