She is most well known for her song "Respect". - Lachie Chapman, The Overtones Aretha Franklin and Denzel Washington at her 72nd birthday celebration in New York (AP) Aretha Franklin Singer Aretha Franklin received an honorary degree from Harvard Aretha Franklin (Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File) Aretha Franklin will be recognised at the 2014 BET Honours Atlantic Records made its reputation with artists such as Aretha Franklin.
Reporter Harry Hairston subsequently tweeted that, according to a "close friend" of the music legend, she is "not doing well".
Friedman's words do not paint the picture of a hopeful recovery, stating that Franklin will be "missed as a mother, sister, friend, cousin". She last performed less than a year ago in November of 2017 at a fundraiser for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in NY.
Health issues: The Respect icon has struggled with weight issues throughout her life, and has battled alcoholism.
In an report published by veteran reporter Roger Friedman in his Showbiz 411 column, he claimed her family is asking for prayers and privacy at this time. Long live the Queen'.
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"I am retiring this year", she told a Detroit news outlet in February in 2017, reports Rolling Stone.
Back in March the musician was forced to cancel some concerts, including a show in New Orleans, under "doctor's orders".
Her statement came after she cancelled a series of shows due to ill health.
"In my retirement plan, I'd like to have a small club here in Detroit".
The singer was diagnosed with cancer in 2010, though she continued to perform as she dealt with her illness.