Singer Aretha Franklin in November 2017 in New York. – Andy Kropa / AP / SIPA
The singer Aretha Franklin is "seriously ill," according to a journalist close to the artist. The "Queen of Soul" is currently in Detroit, in critical condition, surrounded by her family and loved ones who "ask for prayers and intimacy," writes Roger Friedman on his website
The information was confirmed by several US media, including a "family-friendly" source who told Fox News. Detroit radio DJ Evrod Cassimy also wrote on Twitter Monday morning that the singer was "seriously ill". He then spoke with Aretha Franklin on the phone at midday: "She is resting, surrounded by her family and friends. "
BREAKING NEWS: 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. I'll have more details I'm allowed to release.- Evrod Cassimy (@EvrodCassimy) August 13, 2018
Just got a chance to speak to Aretha Franklin. She is resting and surrounded by close friends and family. More details on Local 4 News at 12pm. #ArethaFranklin #aretha– Evrod Cassimy (@EvrodCassimy) August 13, 2018
According to local newspaper Detroit News, which quotes several sources close to the singer, including her friend radio host Tom Joyner, it has been a week since she received palliative care.
A last concert in 2017
Aged 76, Aretha Franklin had fought a cancer that had been diagnosed in 2010. In 2017, the singer had to
cancel a concert for health reasons. The last time the Respect and Think performer performed on stage was last November in New York for Elton John's AIDS Foundation. She had appeared extremely thin.
"Everyone is scared," said Pastor Robert Smith, who officiates in the Detroit church, where Aretha Franklin's father was a pastor, and where she began singing as a child. "I really do not know what it will be like not to have it anymore," he added.