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Posted by: Peder on 13 August 2018
The American soul Queen Aretha Franklin is reported to be seriously ill and her family should have gathered to say goodbye.
Franklin is seriously ill and Franklin's close urged to prepare to bid farewell already two weeks ago.
"I'm so sorry to have to report that the Queen of Soul and my good friend Aretha Franklin are seriously ill. I spoke to her family members this morning.
She wants you to pray for her, "writes Evrod Cassimy, reporter at the local television station WDIV-TV in Detroit, on Twitter.
Shortly after five o'clock on Monday, Swedish time, Cassimy writes that he himself talked to Franklin.
"Just got the chance to talk to Aretha Franklin.
She rests, surrounded by close friends and family, "he writes on Twitter.
First to report on the news was the site Showbiz 411, run by the entertainment reporter Roger Friedman. According to their sources, 76-year-old Franklin is now for death, surrounded by loved ones in the home city of Detroit.
"The family prays for prayers and seclusion," writes Friedman.
Even NBC journalist Harry Hairston writes on Twitter that the condition is serious.
"Spoke with a close friend of Aretha Franklin with family. The iconic singer does not feel good, "he writes.
In recent years, Aretha Franklin has been struggling with health problems and 2010 she was operating for a tumor in her stomach.
According to The Telegraph, she has been conspicuous by her absence at several events during the year, including a memorial for the Temptations member Dennis Edwards in February.
After a doctor's advice, in March she blew up a performance on her 76 birthday and in April she presented a festival event in New Orelans.
Last year, Aretha Franklin announced that she was planning to retire.
In an interview with a local TV station in Detroit, she thought about giving out a final album in collaboration with Stevie Wonder, and then abdicating as a soul queen to spend more time with her grandchildren.
-I will be pretty much satisfied, but I will not go away anywhere and just sit and do nothing. "Nor would it be any good," she said in the interview.
Aretha Franklin was born 1942 in Memphis. Her upbringing was characterized by gospel music and she made her debut with a gospel album as a 14-year-old.
The breakthrough as soul singer came 1967 with the song "I Never Loved a man (the Way I Love You)". Shortly thereafter, big hits came as "Respect", "Think", and "I say a Little Prayer".
During her long career she has released a 40-odd studio album, she has won 18 Grammy statuettes and was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Moderated Post: Peder, as requested, since hearing of Aretha's sad passing, I have amended your thread title accordingly.