Aretha Franklin ‘gravely ill’ at Detroit hospital

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Aretha Franklin performs onstage at the Elton John AIDS Foundation on November 7, 2017 in New York City. (Getty Images)

DETROIT – Aretha Franklin was reportedly “gravely ill” and surrounded by her friends and family in Detroit Monday.

Evrod Cassimy, a self-proclaimed friend of Franklin, said he spoke with family members Monday morning and confirmed that she was gravely ill. He said the Queen of Soul’s family was asking for prayers.

No further details about her health were immediately available.

Franklin, who turned 76 in March, has been battling health problems for years, but continued to perform until as recently as last year, FOX News reported. Her most recent performance was last November for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York.

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