When I woke up to the shitty awful news that Queen Aretha Franklin is quite possibly lying on her death bed and is about to make earth a much worse place (and heaven a much better place), I nearly pulled the sheets over my head and put in an Instacart order to deliver the biggest bottle of vodka available at Costco directly to my bed. Because there’s not a day when I can deal with the news that Aretha Franklin is “gravely ill.” But it’s true and Queen Aretha’s family is asking for prayers, so jump out of bed, slap on the no-budget version of Aretha’s Obama inauguration hat you made with felt and old Barbie earrings, and grab your neighbor’s hand to form the largest prayer circle the planet can take. Don’t say a little prayer, say a lot of prayer.
Showbiz411 says that the Queen of Soul, Shade, Glamour and everything else is in a bad, bad, bad way in Detroit. Evrod Cassimy, an anchor for Detroit’s WDIV TV confirmed the awful news through her family and he says they’ve asked the people to pray for her.
In March, Aretha announced that her doctors ordered her to stop performing for at least two months and so she cleared her schedule and canceled some shows. Before that, Aretha had to cancel other shows due to being sick, and she announced last year that she’s retiring from touring.
76-year-old Aretha has never said what kind of ills she’s been suffering from, and neither has her family. But TMZ is hearing through their sources that Aretha is battling cancer, and a “longtime dear friend” of hers was told last week to prepare themselves for the worst.
The only right response to this news is: NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NOooooOOOOoooo!
But Aretha is still with us, so we need to do what her family says and send good thoughts with hopes that she’ll make a miraculous recovery, sit up in her hospital bed and look us all up and down before saying, “This is the best prayer circle you could come up with?“, before sipping the tea next to her.
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