‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin hospitalized and ‘gravely ill,’
August 13, 2018
Aretha Franklin, the legendary “Queen of Soul” and one of the most acclaimed vocalists of all time, is reportedly “gravely ill” in a Detroit-area hospital after a report came out from Roger Friedman’s Showbiz 411.
“This is exclusive, and heart-breaking for me and for the family and friends of the great Aretha Franklin. She is gravely ill in Detroit,” Friedman wrote. “The family is asking for prayers and privacy.”
Franklin’s family, as well as others close to her, are reportedly at the hospital with the singer.
It’s unclear at this time what exactly might have led to the hospitalization of the 76-year-old Memphis native. Yet, the star has had a number of health concerns, including reportedly being diagnosed with cancer in 2010.
“Franklin has been battling numerous health problems for years and had to cancel a series of concerts last summer citing ‘doctor’s orders,’ ” according to a report by BET. “Her latest performance was on November 2 of last year for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York.”
Franklin also suffered from a severe fear of flying, which factored into why she toured so infrequently in recent decades. And a Franklin gig has been a real rarity in these parts over the last half century or so. Indeed, she’d play a 1976 show at the old Circle Star Theater in San Carlos and then wait 40 years to return to the Bay Area for a 2016 gig at Oracle Arena in Oakland.