Aretha Franklin is gravely ill according to recent reports.
Franklin, 76, is surrounded by her family in Detroit, who are asking for prayers and privacy for the soul singing legend.
Aretha was performing as recently as last year; but last summer she canceled a series of concerts citing ‘doctor’s orders’.
Her final public performance was at Philadelphia’s Mann Center in August 2017.
She had revealed earlier that year that 2017 would be her final year performing.
Aretha was the fist ever woman inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1987; and topped Rolling Stone’s Greatest Artists Of All Time list.
She has won 20 Grammys in throughout her career, including three special honors: the Legend Award (1991), the Lifetime Achievement Award (1994) and the MusiCares Person of the Year (2008).
Source: NZ Herald.