Aretha Franklin Is 'Gravely Ill': Report

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Aretha Franklin, also known as the “Queen of Soul,” is “gravely ill,” her family announced Monday. 

The 76-year-old is in a Detroit hospital, surrounded by family and friends, and her family is asking for “prayers and privacy” during this time, according to Showbiz411.

It’s not clear what superstar's diagnosis is, but Franklin has reportedly had health issues for the past few years.

Last year, Franklin announced that she planned to retire after she released a new album. She's also canceled several tour dates this year.

There were reports that Grammy Award winner battled pancreatic cancer in 2010, but the singer denied those reports in a 2011 interview with Access Hollywood.

She did admit, however, that she had a “health scare,” but didn't give any further information.

“I don’t know where ‘pancreatic cancer’ came from,” Franklin said. “I was sitting there reading the newspaper and it was saying someone in my family said that. No one in my family ever said that to anybody.”

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