Legendary singer Aretha Franklin said to be ‘gravely ill’

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Legendary singer Aretha Franklin is said to be "gravely ill" in a Detroit hospital.

The news emerged Sunday evening, and many are eagerly awaiting further corroborating reports.

Past year also saw her release her most recent record, "A Brand New Me", which marked her 42nd studio album.

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Dubbed the Queen of Soul, Franklin was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2010 and has been battling the disease for the last eight years.

Aretha's incredible and lengthy career began in the 1950s and has produced a slew of iconic songs such as "I Say A Little Prayer", "Respect", and '(You Make Me Feel) Like A Natural Woman'. This said, Friedman's report does not confirm whether this has contributed to her current illness.

Franklin, who last performed in public in November 2017 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 25th anniversary gala, has struggled with health issues in recent years.

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Last November, she was the subject of a death hoax online but insisted she was "doing well" when she spoke up to deny the reports. "I was sitting there reading the newspaper and it was saying someone in my family said that". 'I've lost a lot of weight due to side effects of medicine, it affects your weight... Most recently, doctor's orders prevented her from performing at the New Orleans Jazz Fest in March.

In previous years, all three of Aretha's brothers and sisters have died of cancer.

"Aretha Franklin has been ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest completely for at least the next two months", her management said in a statement. Her mother died before her 10th birthday and not long after, Franklin started singing in her first solo shows.

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