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‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin is seriously ill: AP

Posted: 9:37 AM, Aug 13, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-13 10:19:41-04

NEW YORK  — Aretha Franklin is seriously ill, a person close to the singer confirmed to the Associated Press.

The person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to publicly talk about the topic, told The Associated Press on Monday that Franklin is seriously ill. No more details were provided.

The Queen of Soul canceled planned concerts earlier this year after she was ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest up.

Last year, the 76-year-old icon announced her plans to retire, saying she would perform at “some select things.”

Franklin has battled through several health issues throughout the years, including pancreatic cancer in 2011.