Soul legend Aretha Franklin is said to be gravely ill and is surronded by friends and family in her native Detroit, according to veteran entertainment reporter Roger Friedman of Showbiz 411.
Franklin, 76, has dealt with numerous health issues in recent years, leading the singer to announce her retirement in February 2017.
We’ve reached out to Franlkin’s representatives for more information.
Considered one of the greatest singers in music history, Franklin is the recipient of 18 Grammy Awards and was the first female performer to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. She is also one of most commercially successful artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide.
Below, revisit Franklin’s stunning rendition of the National Anthem at the 2016 Super Bowl, which marked one of her final live performances.