Aretha Franklin "Gravely Ill" According To Report

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The Daily Mail reports legendary singer Aretha Franklin is gravely ill and surrounded by her family in Detroit.

Friedman is believed to be a friend of the Franklin family.

Aretha announced plans to retire a year ago following one last album, in order to spend more time with her family.

Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for Aretha Franklin asking for comment. "This will be my past year".

Speaking to Detroit radio station WDIV Local 4, she said: "I must tell you, I am retiring this year".

Her illustrious career includes performances at both Bill Clinton and Barrack Obama's inaugurations as well as being the first female performer to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

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Aretha has battled poor health in the past.

The soul singer was also forced to cancel a series of concerts last summer on "doctor's orders".

She has never revealed what the surgery was for, saying: "I don't have to talk about my health with anybody other than my doctors".

Last February, Aretha announced that 2017 would be her past year "in concert".

Aretha Franklin performs on stage at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Commemorates Its 25th Year And Honors Founder Sir Elton John During New York Fall Gala.

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

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