Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” is reported to be seriously ill at her hometown, Detroit. The 76 years old singer was hospitalized on Sunday and her family is requesting prayers and privacy. As per latest reports, she is in hospice care at her home.
Aretha Franklin is Severely ill
The reason behind her hospitalization is still unclear, but she has been enduring extensive health issues for a few years. She announced her retirement in February 2017, stating,
I am retiring this year...I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it.
Her last performance was during Elton John AIDS Foundation party in November 2017 in New York. In August 2017, she performed publicly for the final time at Mann Center in Philadelphia. She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011 and underwent a surgery to remove the tumor.
Franklin has also struggled with issues like obesity, alcoholism and smoking habit. Her three siblings passed away after battles with cancer. Her brother, Cecil succumbed to lung cancer in 1989, and her sisters, Carolyn and Erma, died of breast cancer and throat cancer, respectively.
After she lost a lot of weight, a death hoax swirled like wildfire last year, and the Twitter hashtag, #RipArethaFranklin became trending. The rumor started in 2017 after a viral tweet claimed that she had passed away. However, she notified her fans about her well being and responded to the hoax later the same day.
Get Well Soon, Aretha!