REPORT: Aretha Franklin gravely ill and hospitalized

The Queen of Soul, 76, is allegedly gravely ill.

Aretha Franklin is ‘gravely ill’ according to reports:

What We Know:

  • The Queen of Soul is currently surrounded by friends and family and they’re asking for prayers and privacy at this time.  According to Showbiz411, she’s in a ‘gravely ill’ state as those around her are preparing for the worst.
  • Franklin has been battling numerous health problems for years and had to cancel  a series of concerts last summer citing “doctors orders.”  Her latest performance was on Novemeber 2, 2017 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York.
  • The 76-year-old was reportedly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011, but she denied reports that she carreid the disease.  Last February, Aretha announced that 2017 would be her last year “in conert.”

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