“Praying for the Queen of Soul” Reports Aretha Franklin is ‘seriously ill’

Reports have emerged overnight that soul icon Aretha Franklin is seriously ill.

US media say the singer, known as the Queen of Soul, is receiving hospice care in Detroit surrounded by her close friends and family.

It comes after the 76-year-old was ordered by doctors to cancel planned concerts earlier this year due to health concerns.


Fellow performers including Mariah Carey and Missy Elliott have since taken to social media to send their well wishes.

“Praying for the Queen of Soul #ArethaFranklin”, Carey wrote.

“My prayers are with Aretha Franklin & her family during this difficult time. LOOK BELOW @ what I tweeted at the top of the year we MUST CELEBRATE the Living Legends while they are here to see it. So many have given us decades of Timeless music,” Elliott said on Twitter.

Franklin is best known for her hits Respect, I Say a Little Prayer, Natural Woman and so many more.