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The Queen of Soul, who is 76-years-old, struggled with medical issues for years.

Concerns are being raised for the health of soul legend Aretha Franklin, with reports surfacing that the iconic musician is now in a "gravely ill" condition. "She is extremely disappointed she can not perform at this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as she had expected and hoped to".

According to Showbiz 411, "Aretha is surrounded by family and people close to her" in Detroit and "the family is asking for prayers and privacy".

Last year, she was forced to deny a cruel death hoax after a tweet went viral claiming she had died.

She was performing but canceled a series of concerts citing doctors orders.

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Her last performance was on November 2, 2017 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in NY.

She later signed to Columbia Records at the age of 18, with plans to move into secular pop music in line with Sam Cooke's career.

A statement released at the time said doctors had advised Aretha to rest for two months and she was "extremely disappointed" that she was unable to perform.

Aretha was previously diagnosed with cancer in 2010, later confirming she had had a tumour removed.

"Franklin's hits include "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" (1968), "Day Dreaming" (1972), "Jump to It" (1982), "Freeway of Love" (1985), and "A Rose Is Still A Rose", (1998).


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