One of the greatest singing voices in the history of music needs your well wishes. Aretha Franklin is reportedly gravely ill.
DETROIT, MI – One of the greatest singing voices in the history of music needs your well wishes. Aretha Franklin is reportedly gravely ill.
WDIV TV’s Evron Cassidy reported on Twitter that he spoke with the singer’s family. “I am so saddened to report that the Queen of Soul and my good friend, Aretha Franklin is gravely ill. I spoke with her family members this morning. She is asking for your prayers at this time.” No other details are being given on her illness.
Franklin was born in 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee. She was raised in Detroit and has made the Motor City her home for decades.
Franklin performed her last concert in Detroit when she headlined the inaugural and free Detroit Music Weekend outside of the Detroit Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts on June 10,2017. Her last live performance took place on November 2,2017 in New York City at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Gala.
In 1987, the Queen of Soul became the first women inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In her amazing career, Franklin has won 18 Grammy Awards and earned 20 No. 1 R & B hits. She’s sold more than 75 million albums.
In June 2017, the city of Detroit honored her by renaming a secondary street of Madison Avenue between Brush Street and John R after her.