Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, Reportedly Gravely Ill

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Her family says Franklin, who just turned 76 in March, is in a "gravely ill" state and they are now preparing for the worst.

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

The singer was diagnosed with cancer in 2010, though she continued to perform as she dealt with her illness. She announced back in 2017 that it would be her past year performing in concert.

The publication reported Aretha was "already fighting exhaustion and dehydration" during her last public performance in November.

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Aretha later said she had had a tumour removed.

'But her legacy is larger than life.

"I will be recording, but this will be my previous year in concert", Franklin announced during a Detroit radio interview in February 2017. Her mother died before her 10th birthday and not long after, Franklin started singing in her first solo shows.

Aretha has previously denied reports that she was battling pancreatic cancer in 2011.

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She said at the time: "I will be recording, but this will be my previous year in concert". "No one in my family ever said that to anybody". I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from and where it is now'.

Franklin was scheduled to perform at L.C. Walker Area in Muskegon back in August of 2014 but cancelled the show after the show's promoter "was unable to meet obligations set by Franklin's management company".

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has 18 Grammy Awards to her credit, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award and Grammy Legend Award, and has sold more than 75 million records.

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