By Teddy Grant, ebony.com
Aretha Franklin is reported to be “gravely ill” and surrounded by family and friends in Detroit, Showbiz411.com reported on Sunday.
The singer, dubbed the Queen of Soul, had canceled scheduled performances, under doctor’s orders, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on March 25, her 76th birthday and at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in April, according to The Detroit News.
Franklin’s last performance was in New York at Elton John’s AIDS Foundation gala in November where she performed her hit song “Freeway of Love” and her 1968 cover of Dion Warwick’s “I Say a Little Prayer.”
A close friend of Franklin, radio host Tom Joyner, reportedly confirmed the news this morning that the singer has been in a hospice for a week, per The Detroit News.