US ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin gravely ill, family friend says

Aretha Franklin via her Facebook page in 2014

News of Franklin's health was trending on Twitter Monday morning.

Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul, is reportedly surrounded by family and friends and is in failing health.

However, the last decade has been rather rough on the soul legend, with Franklin battling an "unspecified illness" in 2010, which was widely reported to be pancreatic cancer.

We will update this story when more details are known. Franklin's family also confirmed the news to WDIV Local 4.

Throughout her lengthy career, Franklin accumulated 18 Grammy awards, including one for Lifetime Achievement.




The 18-time Grammy victor added: "I'll be pretty much satisfied, but I'm not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing".

Scoring her first top 40 single with Rock-a-Bye Your baby with a Dixie Melody while at Columbia, she achieved a modest level of success before moving to Atlantic Records in 1966.

ED! has contacted Aretha's rep for comment. Last year, she announced she was preparing to retire following the release of her new album and would be reducing the number of performances she does each year.

The legendary artist has had over 20 number one singles in the USA and won the Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance eight years in a row - from 1968 to 1975 and in 1987 she was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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