Aretha Franklin “Gravely Ill” In Detroit Hospital, Family Asks For Prayers
Soul music star Aretha Franklin is being held in a Detroit hospital with a severe undisclosed illness, it was reported Monday morning.
Local news anchor Evrod Cassimy said 76-year-old Franklin — often nicknamed the “Queen of Soul — is “gravely ill” and that she is being supported by her family.
BREAKING NEWS: I am so saddened to report that the Queen of Soul and my good friend, Aretha Franklin is gravely ill. I spoke with her family members this morning. She is asking for your prayers at this time. I’ll have more details as I’m allowed to release.
— Evrod Cassimy (@EvrodCassimy) August 13, 2018
Franklin last performed at the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York City in November 2017, three months after her final public show in Philadelphia. She canceled two concerts in March that were supposed to be held in New Jersey. Franklin’s health issues have been publicly known since 2010.
Aretha Franklin Health Update
A biopic film about Franklin starring Jennifer Hudson as the legendary singer of hits like “Respect” and “I Say A Little Prayer” is set to start shooting next year.
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) August 13, 2018
My prayers are with Aretha Franklin & her family during this difficult time 🙏🏾 LOOK BELOW @ what I tweeted at the top of the year we MUST CELEBRATE the Living Legends while they are here to see it. So many have given us decades of Timeless music…❤ https://t.co/VVacLxcMSI
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) August 13, 2018
Pray for the Queen, Aretha Franklin, a true warrior and my dear friend. pic.twitter.com/NGltlXONDY
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) August 13, 2018
My love, prayers and warm thoughts are with Aretha Franklin—the Queen of Soul. I’m praying for her and her health. Thank you to all her family and friends who are standing by her and loving her through her illness. I’m holding you all in my heart.
— Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) August 13, 2018