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Aretha Franklin "gravely ill" as her family gather around her bedside


Iconic soul singer Aretha Franklin is believed to be “gravely ill” as her family take time to be gathered around her bedside.

Franklin, 76, known by all as the Queen of Soul, remains at her home in Detroit surrounded by her closest friends and family as he long battle against severe health problems takes another turn.

“Aretha is surrounded by family and people close to her. She will be so missed as a mother, sister, friend, cousin.”But her legacy is larger than life. It’s not just that Rolling Stone called her the number 1 singer of all time, or that she is the Queen of Soul. Long live the Queen,” Roger Freidmann revealed in his Showbiz 411 Column.

Having being diagnosed with cancer in 2010, Franklin has continued to perform live and put together a rousing performance at the Elton John AIDS Foundation party in New York last November.

Franklin’s most recent record came in 2017 with ‘A Brand New Me’. It was shortly after this release that she announced her retirement. “I must tell you, I am retiring this year. I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from and where it is now”, she said at the time.

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