Aretha Franklin’s Family Says Her Health Is Fading Fast

Aretha Franklin’s health is declining, according to her family.

“My good friend Aretha Franklin is gravely ill,” WDIV anchor Evrod Cassimy tweeted this morning. “She is asking for your prayers at this time.” The singer was diagnosed with cancer in 2010, but was performing as recently as last year. Then she announced she’d be stepping down from the stage.

“I must tell you, I am retiring this year,” she said in an interview with Detroit Local 4 at the time. “I feel very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from, and where it is now.”

Her last performance was on Nov. 2, 2017, for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York.