AP source: Aretha Franklin is seriously ill

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Aretha Franklin poses on the red carpet before the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors December 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/MOLLY RILEY (Photo by MOLLY RILEY / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOLLY RILEY/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK -Aretha Franklin is seriously ill, according to a person close to the singer.

The person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to publicly talk about the topic, told The Associated Press on Monday that Franklin is seriously ill. No more details were provided.

However, TMZ reports that Franklin’s health was failing because she has been battling cancer.

The Queen of Soul canceled planned concerts earlier this year after she was ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest up.

Last year, the 76-year-old icon announced her plans to retire, saying she would perform at “some select things.”

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