A number of sources are reporting that ‘The Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin, is gravely ill and surrounded by friends and family at a Detroit hospital. They are asking for prayers and privacy at this time and are said to be preparing for the worst, according to BET.
Franklin, who turned 76 in March, has been battling health problems for years. Despite her poor health, she continued to perform up until last year. Her most recent performance was last November in NYC. “Doctors orders” forced her to cancel a series of performances last summer and her doctor has recommended that she stop touring all together.