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Aretha Franklin Reported To Be In Grave Condition

 

 

 

Aretha Franklin Reported To Be In Grave Condition

 

By: Ryan Velez

Detroit News reports that Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul and one of the all-time great singers, may not have much time left with us due to a grave illness. The announcement was officially made by radio host and personal friend of Franklin Tom Joyner, who mentioned that 18-time Grammy winner has been in hospice care for a week. This was later verified by a source close to the singer.

 

The initial indicator that something was wrong with Franklin came on Sunday night, when website Showbiz411.com on Sunday reported that she was in “grave condition” in Detroit, and that the family was asking for both prayers and privacy. Over the past few months, there has also been an indication that Franklin was slowing down from a still-robust touring schedule due to presumably medical reasons. These included having to cancel appearances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in April and a performance at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on March 25, her 76th birthday.

Notably, Franklin had announced retiring from performing once before, in February of 2017, saying that she would instead be enjoying time with her family while working on a few projects. In June, she did make one other performance at Inaugural Detroit Music Weekend in June 2017, telling the crowd to “God bless you, God keep you. Keep me in your prayers.” Her final performance to date was in November at Elton John’s AIDS Foundation gala in New York City, where she closed the event singing songs such as “I Say a Little Prayer” and “Freeway of Love.” John gave her the praise of “the greatest singer of all time.”

On top of a stellar singing career that has lasted decades and given us more immortal tunes than we can count, Franklin has also been recognized over the years for her philanthropy and care to the Detroit community. In June, The Detroit News awarded her with the first Michiganian of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award for her efforts. She also had won the award in 2003. While there haven’t been any formal updates yet on her condition, we will be thinking of her and her loved ones in the days to come.

Read more from Detroit News at: https://www.detroitnews.com/st...h-detroit/974967002/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  Sad.  I just read this morning (8/14/18) that she is out of hospice and back at her home.  That's a strong woman.  They still won't say what's wrong with her out of respect for her privacy.  I wish her well and a speedy recovery.  She is still a brilliant young woman in the eyes of many.  Need to just take time for herself.....for once.  Rest, laughter and love are the medicines she needs right about now.  But!

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