Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is reportedly very ill at a hospital in Detroit. There are no details about her health, but for the past few years there have been numerous rumors that she was suffering a life-threatening illness and we also saw dramatic weight loss.
Despite her health challenges, at 76 years old Ms. Franklin continued to tour up until last year, most recently in November when she performed for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York. But since then she has had to cancel several tour dates and appearances. She even made a statement that she would be retiring in 2017.
Ms. Franklin has received so many awards and accolades spanning over her almost seven decades in the business. She was nominated for 44 Grammy awards and received 18, and she was the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone magazine named her the greatest singer of all time.