DETROIT • In 2010, Rolling Stone journal positioned Aretha Franklin atop its record of the 100 biggest singers of all time, male or feminine.
But the 76-year-old Queen of Soul is now gravely in poor health and reportedly receiving hospice care.
A supply advised superstar portal TMZ that “she could go any time”, whereas one other revealed she had been battling most cancers.
In her decades-long profession, her hits spanned the genres, from soul and R&B to gospel and pop.
Her chart-toppers embody Respect (1967), Natural Woman (1968) and I Say A Little Prayer (1968).
She was the primary girl to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
Her type influenced singers from Mariah Carey and the late Whitney Houston – whose mom was a backup singer for Franklin – to Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige and the late Amy Winehouse.
Franklin’s declining well being was first disclosed on the Showbiz411 web site late on Sunday by Mr Roger Friedman, a reporter and household good friend. The Detroit News reported that she was in hospice care.
Mr Robert Smith, pastor at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, was quoted by Agence France-Presse as saying: “Everybody’s fearful. I really don’t know what it would be like not to have her.”
In 2010, Franklin suffered critical well being issues, however continued to carry out till late final yr, singing in November for the Elton John Aids Foundation in New York.
That identical yr, Detroit named a road after her.