Legendary singer Aretha Franklin ‘gravely ill’ at Detroit hospital, per reports

American musician Aretha Franklin performs on stage at the Park West Auditorium Chicago Illinois

Paul Natkin Getty Images BATTLE Aretha was reportedly diagnosed with cancer in 2010

According to Showbiz 411, she's in a "gravely ill" state as those around her are preparing for the worst.

"The family is asking for prayers and privacy", he said.

The 76-year-old singer has been struggling with numerous health problems over the past few years.

Her statement came after she cancelled a series of shows due to ill health.

Aretha's incredible and lengthy career began in the 1950s and has produced a slew of iconic songs such as "I Say A Little Prayer", "Respect", and '(You Make Me Feel) Like A Natural Woman'.

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The soul legend last performed on 2nd November 2017 for the benefit of the AIDS Foundation in NY, after stating her intention to retire in February that same year.

Aretha announced plans to retire a year ago following one last album, in order to spend more time with her family.

In 2011 star was forced to deny she had pancreatic cancer after reading a report in a newspaper.

BATTLE: Aretha was reportedly diagnosed with cancer in 2010.

"She will be so missed as a mother, sister, friend, cousin", Friedman added.

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"I will be recording, but this will be my previous year in concert". Her father was once the minister at Detroit's New Bethel Baptist Church.

When Aretha was just 2 the family left Memphis for New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, and a Motor City legend was ready to be born.

During her hugely successful career, Aretha has won 17 Grammy awards, including three special recognitions, as well as a Golden Globe award for Never Gonna Break My Faith.

The legendary artist has had over 20 number one singles in the USA and won the Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance eight years in a row - from 1968 to 1975 and in 1987 she was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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