Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, has died

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Aretha Franklin is “gravely ill” and surrounded by her friends and family in Detroit, a person close to the soul singer confirmed. 


The person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the singer is seriously ill.


Showbiz411’s Roger Friedman, who first reported the news of Franklin is "gravely ill" on Sunday, said the Queen of Soul's family is “asking for prayers and privacy.” Franklin’s family also confirmed the news to WDIV Local 4.


No further details about her health were immediately available, and reps for Franklin did not respond to Fox News’ 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 "Respect" 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.”



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An extremely sad day. Being local I've seen her many times, including at her father's church where she sang. Her voice needed no mic or damned Auto-Tune - clear as a blessed bell. We are losing another of the worlds great talents.





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Aretha Franklin, whose gospel-rooted singing and bluesy yet expansive delivery earned her the title "the Queen of Soul," has died, a family statement said Thursday. She was 76.


Franklin died at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit, surrounded by family and friends, according to a statement on behalf of Franklin's family from her longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn.


The "official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin's oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit," the family statement said.


Full article at CNN



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Full story of the Pavarotti replacement


"Yeah, I can do that." ?


"I stood at the side of the stage; I wanted to see the audience reaction when she finished," he explains. "And  honestly, there was a stunned silence for a minute  and then all of a sudden, the applause erupted."


The Grammy's video was taken down, but here she is performing it on Letterman.




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