R&B's Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is on her death bed, and can die any minute according to multiple reports online. Right now Aretha, who is 76 years old, is surrounded by her family in Detroit. The report was first made by Showbiz 411.
Reports of Aretha's illness first came about last year, when she lost a TON of weight, and began looking like she was ill. At the time, people were saying that Aretha was on her death bed. But that was almost a year ago, and Aretha is one tough lady.
But now it appears that she's ready to make the transition. Her family members have all gathered to her in Detroit - and are preparing for the passing.
The Franklin family is asking for prayers and privacy for the the singing legend. Aretha has battled hereditary health problems for the past number of years.
No further details about her health were immediately available, and reps for Franklin did not respond to request for comment.
Franklin, who turned 76 in March, has been battling health problems for years, but continued to perform until as recently as last year. Her most recent performance was last November for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York.
The soul singer was also forced to cancel a series of concerts last summer on “doctor’s orders.” In March, she announced she would not be at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival because her doctor recommended she take a break from touring.
“Aretha Franklin has been ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest completely for at least the next two months,” Franklin’s management said in a statement to Rolling Stone. “She is extremely disappointed she cannot perform at this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as she had expected and hoped to.”
Franklin had been planning on slowing down. Last year, she announced she was preparing to retire following the release of her new album and would be reducing the number of performances she does each year.