Aretha Franklin 'gravely ill' in hospital

Aretha Franklin via her Facebook page in 2014

Original "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin is understood to be "gravely ill" in Detroit.

Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for Aretha Franklin asking for comment.

The soul legend last performed on 2nd November 2017 for the benefit of the AIDS Foundation in NY, after stating her intention to retire in February that same year.

She said at the time: "I will be recording, but this will be my previous year in concert".

Showbiz 411 reported that Franklin was "o$3 riginally diagnosed with cancer in 2010".

Aretha has been dogged by rumours of cancer since at least 2011 when she told Jet exclusively that doctors advised her to cancel all concerts until May because of her health.

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However, US papers alleged that her extreme weight loss in recent months was due to chemotherapy in 2017.

"I don't know where pancreatic cancer came from", she told Access Hollywood at the time.

In 2002, her eldest sister Erma died of throat cancer. I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from and where it is now'.

In an interview with Norman Jopling, which was first published in Record Mirror in 1968, Aretha talked about another of her popular songs, "I Never Loved A Man".

Franklin was scheduled to perform at L.C. Walker Area in Muskegon back in August of 2014 but cancelled the show after the show's promoter "was unable to meet obligations set by Franklin's management company".

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.

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