On the condition of anonymity because they are not allowed to publicly speak, told The Associated Press today that Franklin is seriously ill. No more details were provided.
Franklin was originally scheduled to perform on her 76th birthday in March in Newark, New Jersey, and at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in April but she canceled planned concerts after she was ordered by her doctor to rest up.
Last year, she announced her plans to retire, saying she would perform at “some select things.” One of those select events was a gala for Elton John‘s 25th anniversary of his AIDS foundation in November in New York City, where Franklin closed the event with a collection of songs including I Say a Little Prayer and Freeway.
Mariah Carey was among the celebrities who tweeted well wishes to Franklin, writing that she is
“praying for the Queen of Soul.”
Missy Elliott wrote that the public has to celebrate iconic artists before they die writing on Twitter.
“So many (of them) have given us decades of Timeless music.”
Please don’t leave us yet, Aretha.
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) August 13, 2018
(Photo, Pacific Coast News; via Chicago Tribune)