Breaking: Aretha Franklin Passes Away, Publicist Gives Details
Extremely sad news to report ILOSM family. The Queen of Soul has taken her final breathe today at the age of 76 years young. The Associated Press had just broken the news via Aretha’s publicist.:
AP: Publicist for Aretha Franklin says the Queen of Soul died Thursday at her home in Detroit.
US Weekly reported on yesterday that a family source gave details about her final moments:
On Monday, August 13, a source told Us that Franklin was “comfortable at home” but “not doing well” and that her body was “breaking down. [She] is hanging in there, but recovery is not looking likely,” the insider added.
On August 12th, the family asked everyone to send prayers up for Ms. Franklin, when they initially confirmed that she was gravely ill at that time. Here’s what we previously reported about the days leading up to her passing:
Aretha Franklin was reportedly “gravely ill” as of Sunday night, according to reports. This comes just nine months after reports of her failing health circulated online before they were debunked in late November.
The legendary singer has been dogged by rumors of cancer since at least 2011, when she spoke with Jet, and said that the doctors advised her to cancel all concerts until May because of her health.
“I am not one to do a lot of talking about my personal health or business,” she said at the time. “Not too much, not too much. There are a lot of people who will talk about anything, as long as there is somebody listening. But I am not one of those people. That’s not Aretha.”
“I am not going to even deal with that. “I don’t have to talk about my health with anybody other than my doctors. The problem has been resolved.”
All 3 Siblings Fell To Cancer
Her brother Cecil who was also her manager, died from lung cancer on December 1989.
Her sister Carolyn died the previous year in April 1988 from breast cancer, while eldest sister Erma passed from throat cancer in September 2002.
Aretha was the first ever woman inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1987; and topped Rolling Stone’s Greatest Artists Of All Time list.
She has won 20 Grammys in throughout her career, including three special honors: the Legend Award (1991), the Lifetime Achievement Award (1994) and the MusiCares Person of the Year (2008).
We are praying for peace and comfort for Aretha Franklin and her family. Rest on Queen