Losing “The Queen of Soul”: Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin

As of Monday, August 13, 2018, the 76-year-old singer Aretha Franklin was in hospice care for a grave illness. CNN reported that she was surrounded by loving family during this uncertain time. Showbiz 411’s Roger Friedman said, “All further announcements will be made by her family. We just want to send love and prayers.”

The first news of Aretha Franklin’s serious illness was reported on the night of Sunday, August 12th with alarming reports that the former “Queen of Soul” only had hours to live. Before being transferred to hospice care in her home, the singer received medical attention at a Detroit hospital.

There have been cancer rumors circling Franklin since 2011, but most were recently discredited. She did announce that she would stop touring in early 2017, but she continued to book concerts.

“I am not one to do a lot of talking about my personal health or business,” she said in a 2011 Jet interview. “There are a lot of people who will talk about anything, as long as there is somebody listening. But I am not one of those people. That’s not Aretha.” The “Queen of Soul” has a six-decade-long career including 42 studio albums, 44 Grammy nominations and 18 wins, a memorial service performance for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., three Presidential Inauguration performances including Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama and a groundbreaking 1987 induction into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the first woman.


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