Not much has been revealed about the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin’s health except that she’s “gravely ill.” However, now a source has shared some extra information.
It’s believed that the legendary singer is in hospice care at her home. Further announcements are expected to be made by her family.
The status of the Queen of Soul’s ailing health
An insider close to Aretha Franklin, 76, has revealed that the star is in hospice care at her home according to CNN's Don Lemon. Reports about Franklin’s poor health have been going on for years after she was seen looking frail in recent photos
Despite this, she managed to keep her struggles private. However, she’s had to cancel performances many times over the years.
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Franklin’s canceled performances
It included the New Orleans Jazz Fest, which was on doctor's orders, according to Rolling Stone. In 2010, she was forced to cancel performances due to fractured ribs and abdominal pain.
"She has a great family, she's surrounded by love, and the world is sending prayers. All further announcements will be made by her family. We just want to send love and prayers."
Roger Friedman, CNN, August 14, 2018
Her singing background and accolades
Franklin has been in the music industry for six decades. She began her career by singing gospel music in a Detroit church where her father was the minister.
The singer signed with her first major record label in 1960. By 1968, she had established herself as a soul chart-topper with hits like Respect, Chain of Fools, and (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.
During the same year, she was chosen to sing at the memorial service of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There she performed a rendition of Precious Lord, Take My Hand.
In 1987, the Queen of Soul became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. At age 52, in 1992, she became the youngest person at that time to receive a Kennedy Center Honor.
She has 44 Grammy nominations and 18 wins. Franklin has performed at the inaugurations of three presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.
In 2005, former President George W. Bush awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Franklin’s last released album and performance
Her last album was released last year and was called A Brand New Me. It was a remix of her vintage vocals with newly recorded arrangements.
The singer’s last known performance was at a private gala for the Elton John AIDS Foundation last November.