Aretha Franklin Dies at 76 From Pancreatic Cancer

Update: Aretha Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, at the age of 76 from pancreatic cancer. Her publicist confirmed the news to the Associated Press.

Aretha Franklin is “gravely ill,” according to family friend and Detroit news anchor Evrod Cassimy. Franklin is “asking for your prayers at this time,” Cassimy tweeted Monday morning.

The legendary singer, 76, is an 18-time Grammy winner with a career spanning about six decades. Franklin is “surround by family and people close to her” in Detroit, according to Showbiz 411.

Franklin announced her retirement from performing in 2017, though she was still recording music and doing a few select concerts. In March, Franklin canceled a couple shows on her doctor’s orders, according to Rolling Stone.

Fans reacted to the news on Twitter.

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