Aretha Franklin critically ill in Detroit

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The 76-year-old American soul legend, Aretha Franklin is critically ill an she’s at her home in Detroit.

According to multiple sources, the Queen of Soul is surrounded by ‘family and people close to her’ in Detroit

Aretha Franklin’s family have reportedly gathered to say their goodbyes.

Her family have appealed for “prayers and privacy” for the soul queen.

Franklin’s final public performance was at the Mann Centre in Philadelphia in August 2017, where she reportedly battled through “exhaustion and dehydration” to “miraculously” complete the show.

Aretha cancelled a number of concerts last year and admitted in February 2017 that her touring days were coming to an end.

She said at the time: “I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it.”

But later that year, she revealed plans to buy a nightclub near her home and do occasional shows there.

She said last August: “I’m interested in doing a small nightclub downtown and estate agent Bruce Schwartz and I have been talking about this for a couple of years now and I’m just letting him know I’m still interested.”

“In my retirement plan, I’d like to have a small club here in Detroit. It would be called Aretha’s! From time to time I would sing, and of course, I would have special artists come in to perform for the city that people in Detroit like – Detroit favourites.”

Franklin – whose three siblings all died of cancer – has battled ill health over the last few years and in 2011, denied she was suffering from pancreatic cancer, though she later admitted she’d had a tumour removed.

Last November, she was the subject of a death hoax online but insisted she was “doing well,” when she spoke up to deny the reports.

She said: “I’m doing well generally, all test have come back good.”