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

via Joy1o5:

Aretha Franklin is ‘gravely ill’ according to reports.The Queen of Soul, 76, is surrounded by her family in Detroit. They have asked for prayers and privacy for the the singing legend, who has battled health problems for the past number of years.

She is picture here during her last performance in NYC in November 2017 for Elton John Aids Foundation Fall Gala. Last summer she canceled a series of concerts citing ‘doctor’s orders’.

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

The National Enquirer published reports in May 2017 of Franklin having lost more than 100 pounds because of a “cancer relapse,” an anonymous source told the tabloid. “She was due to have radical chemotherapy treatments, and was told by doctors she needed to lose weight if she wanted to survive.”

The following month, she canceled a concert in Toronto scheduled for July because of “doctors orders,” according to the Daily Mail.

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.’

The Respect icon has struggled with weight issues throughout her life, and has battled alcoholism. She was also previously a heavy 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.

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BREAKING NEWS: ARETHA FRANKLIN IS REPORTEDLY GRAVELY ILL IN DETROIT HOSPITAL!  was originally published on praisecleveland.com

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