‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin gravely ill: report

Singer Aretha Franklin, a multiple Grammy award-winner star whose legacy stretches back decades, is gravely ill and surrounded by relatives, a reporter and family friend wrote on his website Monday.

The 76 year-old “Queen of Soul” Franklin, known for hits such as “Respect” (1967) and “I Say a Little Prayer” (1968), “is gravely ill in Detroit. The family is asking for prayers and privacy,” wrote Roger Friedman on the Showbiz 411 website.

Franklin, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2010, last performed in November 2017 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York. Her final public performance was in Philadelphia in August 2017.

“It was a miraculous show as Aretha was already then fighting exhaustion and dehydration,” Friedman wrote, describing the Philadelphia performance.

Throughout her lengthy career Franklin accumulated 18 Grammy awards, including one for Lifetime Achievement.

Franklin’s hits include “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” (1968), “Day Dreaming” (1972), “Jump to It” (1982), “Freeway of Love” (1985), and “A Rose Is Still A Rose,” (1998).

In 1987 she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“I Knew You Were Waiting for Me,” a duet she sang with the late British singer George Michael, was one of her Grammy-winning hits.

In 2005 Franklin was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the highest award for an American civilian — by then-president George W. Bush.

And in January 2009 Franklin sang at Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration.

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  1. Domingo July 1st, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    I think we have a stupid AG. One cannot be forced to take up their employment position, court order or otherwise. Employment is an “at will” contract, you cannot be forced to work. The most that could happen would be the court could declare that any non-reporting teachers to have willfully forfeited their employment. His nyayo era tactics are so dated. #SomeonePleaseTellTheAG

    1. Gabby July 2nd, 2013 at 12:01 am

      Well, I wouldn’t go as far as ‘stupid’ to describe the esteemed Professor at Law although I concur with your statement BUT contempt of court abjects do NOT have the moral authority to demand a ‘justified’ settlement of their salaries. His point would have been better clarified from the legal point of the need to respect the highest [human] representation of justice – the courts, and not make it look like one will round up ALL teachers and lock them in though in theory his point has been made…….

      1. Domingo July 2nd, 2013 at 1:41 am

        Agreed, I was just peeved by his statement.

  2. Carey July 2nd, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Well making Kenya Globally competitive!

  3. nyakenda July 2nd, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    I remember there is a leader who ignored a court ruling / order on County Commissioners and he went scot free, were there no jails at that time! Mr AG give us a break!

  4. Mazzdark July 2nd, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    You cannot force ANYONE to work, and the right to strike and withold employment service is enshrined in the Constitution…the AG would have been better engaged finding out why the Inspector General of Police is determined to rubbish the constitution and frustrate the Police Service Commission, no doubt with his fellow RED (anti-consitution buddies in URP)

  5. Arcom July 5th, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    There are laws and procedures in Kenya but the teachers used their own. AG is very clear and cannot take sides. SO WHAT PEOPLE NEED TO DO IS TO STOP MAKING STUPID COMMENTS HERE.


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