Franklin, who is also known as the Queen of Soul, is reportedly surrounded by "family and people close to her."
No one realized that Franklin's last public performance would be August 2017 at Philadelphia’s Mann Center. In November 2017, she performed at Elton John's AIDS Foundation in New York. However, in March 2018, she canceled two concerts in New Jersey. She had announced in early-2017 that she would retire, but would perform at "some select things." Her last performance in Detroit was in June 2017 during an outdoor festival. Franklin ended her set by cryptically asking the audience to "Please keep me in your prayers."