Aretha Franklin hospitalized and ‘gravely ill,’ report says

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The 76-year-old performer - who has won 18 Grammys - has been battling cancer.

The Queen of Soul later spoke out about her health after sparking concerns over her weight loss.

"It was a miraculous show as Aretha was already then fighting exhaustion and dehydration", Friedman wrote, describing the Philadelphia performance.

Aretha Franklin waiting for her cue during "The Gospel Tradition: In Performance at the White House" in 2015.

Speaking to Detroit radio station WDIV Local 4, she said: "I must tell you, I am retiring this year".

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The soul singer was also forced to cancel a series of concerts last summer on "doctor's orders". "This will be my a year ago".

She was born in Memphis but raised in Detroit from the age of five and has enjoyed a career packed with highlights and unique achievements since her first album was released back in 1956.

Her last performance was in November of last year, for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in NY, while a number of shows scheduled for this year were also cancelled under doctor's orders. "She is extremely disappointed she can not perform at this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as she had expected and hoped to".

Although Showbiz411 reported Franklin battled cancer in 2010, the singer has long denied she was ever diagnosed.

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