Aretha Franklin "Gravely Ill" In Michigan

Soul Music Legend Aretha Franklin Is Reportedly Near Death

The 76-year-old soul legend - who last performed at the Elton John Aids Foundation party in NY in November - is said to be at her home in Detroit, where her loved ones have gathered.

The legendary Aretha Franklin is said to be "gravely ill" and surrounded by her loved ones, according to an unconfirmed report from the US. "She is extremely disappointed she can not perform at this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as she had expected and hoped to".

The publication says the Queen of Soul was already "fighting exhaustion and dehydration" during her last live show in November, when she appeared noticeably slimmer.

Her statement came after she cancelled a string of concerts citing ill health. "This will be my previous year".

However, the last decade has been rather rough on the soul legend, with Franklin battling an "unspecified illness" in 2010, which was widely reported to be pancreatic cancer.

Speaking to Detroit radio station WDIV Local 4, she said: "I must tell you, I am retiring this year".

Throughout her lengthy career, Franklin accumulated 18 Grammy awards, including one for Lifetime Achievement.

The 76-year-old soul legend - who last performed at the Elton John Aids Foundation party in NY in November - is said to be at her home in Detroit.

Aretha Franklin performs on stage at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Commemorates Its 25th Year And Honors Founder Sir Elton John During New York Fall Gala.

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