Update: 16/08/2018 – It has now been reported Aretha Franklin passed away aged 76 in her Detroit home surrounded by family, today. The cause is reported to be advanced pancreatic cancer.
The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin is reported to be gravely ill in hospice care at her home. Currently, she is surrounded by her family and friends wishing to say goodbye.
The singer has been battling cancer for some time it has been rumored. “Prepare yourself, she’s dying.” A longtime friend and source close to the singer is reported as telling TMZ. The source adds the iconic diva was down to 86 pounds and her health was failing. The source says 2 weeks ago everyone in Aretha’s circle was told, “She could go any time.”
A friend of the songstress confirmed to People that the singer had “been ill for a long time” and her loved ones had been warned her “death is imminent.” Franklin’s nephew, Tim Franklin, also confirmed the 76-year-old star’s status to People following the anonymous source, revealing that the soul singer’s family was “asking for prayers and privacy.” Tim added while the singer “is sick,” her family was “trying to keep her spirits up and go from there.”
A career spanning six decades, the 18-time Grammy award winner first started singing gospel music at the Detroit Church where her father was a minister. In 1960 she signed her first record label, and eight years later she already had chart-toppers like “Respect,” “Chain of Fools”, and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” under her belt. In 1987, Franklin became the first women to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Franklin performed at the inauguration of several US Presidents such as Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama. In 2005, President George W. Bush awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Her last performance was at a private Elton John AIDS Foundation event in November 2017.
In February last year, the artist announced she would stop touring, despite booking concerts. Earlier this year, she canceled a pair of scheduled performances on doctors orders according to Rolling Stone.
“We believe she’ll pull through it, she believes she’ll pull through it, and that’s the important thing,” Tim Franklin conceded.
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