Singer Aretha Franklin gravely ill in hospital

Aretha Franklin via her Facebook page in 2014

"She is extremely disappointed she can not perform at this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as she had expected and hoped to".

The legendary Aretha Franklin is said to be "gravely ill" and surrounded by her loved ones, according to an unconfirmed report from the US. I will be recording, but this will be my previous year in concert. In 2010, rumors of her having pancreatic cancer spread like wildfire on the internet, though the singer adamantly denied them.

She told Detroit's WDIV Local 4 TV station: "This will be my past year".

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The 18-time Grammy winner's last performance was on November 2, 2017 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in NY. "That wouldn't be good either".

First rising to prominence in the mid-'50s, Aretha Franklin would take the world by storm a decade later, when a number of her singles topped charts around the world.

ED! has contacted Aretha's rep for comment.

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It was in the late 1960s when she released some of her most famous songs, including (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman and Respect.

Though this has not been confirmed by Franklin's family or management, NBC reporter and close friend Harry Hairston seemed to confirm the news on Twitter.

She is the recipient of 20-Grammy awards and 3-lifetime achievement awards.

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