Aretha Franklin is ‘seriously ill’

Aretha Franklin in 1969 two years after she rose to fame with Otis Redding’s Respect

Following news of Franklin's illness, fans the world over took to social media to share their well wishes, prayers and heartfelt stories.

"Continued prayers for the Queen of Soul, Miss Aretha Franklin".

All the best to Franklin and her family and friends during this hard time.

The "Queen of Soul" is in hospice care at her home, a source close to the singer told CNN's Don Lemon. "She performed on stage and on the big screen in movies as well, but it's that voice and that power that people remember so fondly", he said.

The Lemonade singer also added that "We love you and thank you", according to concert goers, as well as the venue, Ford Field, itself.

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.

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Franklin, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2010, last performed in November 2017 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in NY.

"She is (a) major reason we started this company and promote this music was to honor Aretha and those people who created this fabulous genre".

Through her lengthy career, Franklin accumulated 18 Grammy awards, including one for Lifetime Achievement. In 1994, at age 52, she became the youngest at that time to receive a Kennedy Center Honor.

And in January 2009, Franklin sang at Barack Obama's presidential inauguration. She was originally scheduled to perform on her 76th birthday in March in Newark, New Jersey, and at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in April.

Franklin's last album, "A Brand New Me", released in 2017, remixed her vintage vocals with newly recorded arrangements.

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