Aretha Franklin 'gravely ill' in Detroit

American musician Aretha Franklin performs on stage at the Park West Auditorium Chicago Illinois

American musician Aretha Franklin performs on stage at the Park West Auditorium Chicago Illinois

According to Showbiz 411, the 76-year-old is 'gravely ill.' She is also reportedly resting with her friends and family by her side. She's my favourite singer; I am a big Aretha Franklin fan.

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

Fighting: Aretha Franklin is "gravely ill" according to reports. She wouldn't have more than one date planned per month, and the full tour was to last "maybe for six months", she said at the time.

She publicly performed at Philadelphia's Mann Center in August 2017 despite battling exhaustion and dehydration.

There are fears Aretha Franklin's health is deteriorating rapidly following reports that her family has rushed to her bedside to say their final goodbyes. In 2010, rumors of her having pancreatic cancer spread like wildfire on the internet, though the singer adamantly denied them. 'I've lost a lot of weight due to side effects of medicine, it affects your weight... She had to cancel two major shows, and it got the rumor mill stirring once again.

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

When Aretha was just 2 the family left Memphis for New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, and a Motor City legend was ready to be born.

She revealed she planned to keep recording but confirmed it would be her a year ago in concert.

Franklin won her first Grammy Award in her mid-20s, going on to win an additional 19 gongs throughout her career. I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from and where it is now'.

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