Several outlets are reporting the "Queen of Soul," Aretha Franklin, is "gravely ill." The iconic gospel and soul singer is in hospice care at her home in Detroit.
She has had health problems off and on since 2011. Last year her doctor told her she needed to stop touring, or at least be way more selective. Her last performance was in November last year at Elton John's AIDS Foundation Gala.
She released her 45th album last year called "A Brand New Me with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
You may recognize some of her many classics like “Respect,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “Chain Of Fools,” “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You),” and “I Say A Little Prayer” - to name just a very select very few.
The soul singer is the recipient of the U.S.A.’s highest civilian honor, The Presidential Medal Of Freedom, eighteen GRAMMY awards – the most recent of which was for Best Gospel Performance for “Never Gonna Break My Faith” with Mary J. Blige in 2008, a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement, and GRAMMY Living Legend award. Aretha is Rolling Stone magazine’s No. 1 on the list of “The Greatest Singers Of All Time.”
Many celebs have taken to Twitter to extend their love and support. As of now, there is no word on what the exact health issue is. Her family is just asking for people'e prayers.
Beyonce opened her show tonight by saying, "This show is dedicated to Aretha Franklin. We love you, and thank you."
Aretha, the only name she actually needs, is 76.
My love, prayers and warm thoughts are with Aretha Franklin—the Queen of Soul. I’m praying for her and her health. Thank you to all her family and friends who are standing by her and loving her through her illness. I’m holding you all in my heart.— Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) August 13, 2018